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Thursday, March 03, 2005

One in four 'touched' by ID fraud

The BBC offers this headline: "One in four 'touched' by ID fraud".

What do they mean by 'touched'?

A quarter of UK adults have had their identity stolen or know someone who has fallen victim to ID fraud, a Which? magazine survey has suggested.


Is that it? 25% of people have had their identity stolen or know someone else who has?

So? 100% of people smoke or know someone who does, but this tells you nothing about the extent of smoking. Similarly the quoted statistic tells you nothing about the extent of ID fraud.

I imagine there is an attempt here to make the problem appear larger than it actually is in order to build unstoppable support for the idea of ID cards. We should be on our guard.

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