Smartphone users at risk of ID fraud

24/02/2012

Smartphone Users At Risk Of ID Fraud

Users of smart mobile phones are at an increased risk of suffering at the hands of identity theft, according to a recent report.

A survey of over 1,000 UK mobile phone users conducted by Affinion found that 60 per cent have ongoing concerns that their privacy is being put at risk when using their smartphone.

In conjunction with this, a new survey from Javelin Strategy & Research shows that people should be concerned as more than 11.6 million adults in the US were victims of identity fraud last year, which is an increase of almost 13 per cent.

Of these figures seven per cent of smartphone users were victims of fraud, which is higher than the 4.9 per cent fraud rate among the general population.

"Consumers must be vigilant and in control of their personal data as they adopt new mobile and social technologies in order to not make it easier for fraudsters to perpetrate crimes," president of Javelin Strategy and Research James Van Dyke added.

People have been warned to be careful of which apps they decide to download as some fraudsters can steal personal information from them.

Posted by Peter Robinson

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