A monumental ‘blunder’ by civil servants has exposed every family in the UK to the possibility of identity fraud for years to come.
2 data cds containing the personal information of 25 MILLION people have gone missing. The discs, which include names of parents and children, their dates of birth, addresses and National Insurance and bank account numbers of all those who claim Child Benefit.
Now every family in the UK will need to be extra vigilant in checking for unusual activity – from mobile phone accounts to faked passports.
According to one expert, “If you are a thief, a fraudster, a blackmailer, a human trafficker or a terrorist, the details contained on these discs would provide you with what you need,” said the officer, a 20-year specialist in fraud and identity theft.