Identity fraud is where an individual commits theft by using someone’s stolen identity. Their identity is then used to obtain goods and services by deception. Identity theft does not constitute identity fraud. Identity fraud is only committed when someone’s identity is used to obtain goods or services.
Examples of identity fraud are:
- Stolen bank accounts or credit cards
- Stolen phone contracts
- Obtaining identity documents such as passports, driving licences in someone else’s name
- Opening bank accounts of credit cards in someone else’s name Accessing benefits, loans, mortgages
- Purchasing goods or services in someone else’s name
Those facing allegations of identity fraud can expect lengthy custodial sentences, if convicted. Accordingly, it is important that you obtain expert advice from specialist fraud defence solicitors.
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