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Fraud and identity theft top fears

Fraud and identity theft top fears

(17 May 2011 – UK) Card fraud and identity theft are the top security worries for British consumers, reaching a four-year peak according to a survey from Unisys. In the latest Unisys Security Index, which saw 953 people from the UK quizzed, 93 percent of respondents say they are worried about bank card fraud.

This fear appears fairly well justified considering that there were over 102,500 cases of bank card fraud identified in 2010, according to Cifas, with many more instances not reported.

The next biggest concern is ID theft, cited by 91 percent, compared to 85 percent for terrorism.

Nearly two thirds believe that large gatherings at events such as the Royal Wedding and the Olympics, are targets for malicious attack with 74 percent worried about airports and planes.

Overall, the index shows Brits have become considerably more concerned about their security over the last six months, with their score rising 42 points to 154 on a scale of zero to 300.
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