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Recent press releases

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15 June

Company directors at greater risk of identity fraud – Cifas and LexisNexis® Risk Solutions report reveals

A new report by Cifas and LexisNexis highlights that 19% of identity fraud victims are company directors – one of the most at-risk groups for this type of crime. Read more

10 May

Rise in Facility Takeovers Reveals Need for Better Fraud Education as Fraudsters Target Customers and Staff

Our report Fraudscape details fraud trends from over 325,000 fraud cases recorded in 2016, providing the most comprehensive picture available of fraud in the UK. Read more

15 March

Identity Fraud Reaches Record Levels

Identity Fraud Reaches Record Levels New Cifas data reveals 173,000 cases recorded in 2016 Highest number ever recorded by Cifas members Nine out of 10 fraudulent applications for bank accounts and other financial products ma... Read more

08 December

‘Money Mules’ more likely to be aged under 30

New Cifas data reveals that 54% of all ‘Misuse of Facility’ frauds are committed by young people Bank Accounts, Communications and Online Retail accounts are misused the most In the run up to Christmas Cifas warns young people not to be... Read more

04 July

Criminals Target UK Youth As Identity Fraud Rises

Cifas data reveals identity fraud victims aged 30 and under up by 52% in 2015 New film, featuring a coffee shop stunt, launched to encourage young people to protect personal information online Regional figures show Manchester and London have seen t... Read more

25 May

Lady Barbara Judge CBE joins Cifas as new Chairman

Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lady Barbara Judge as the organisation’s new Chairman.  Lady Barbara will officially take-up the role in September 2016, when she succeeds the outgoing Ch... Read more

13 March

Cifas calls on the Chancellor to make tackling fraud a clear priority in this year’s budget

Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, has asked the Government to make sure that this year’s budget includes a clear focus on tackling the serious and growing issue of fraud and its effect on UK plc.   The most recent Of... Read more

02 March

Freedom Finance Joins Cifas

Freedom Finance, one of the UK’s leading consumer credit loan brokers, has today joined Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service. Cifas is a not-for-profit organisation that works to protect businesses, charities, public bodies and ind... Read more

09 February

Cifas joins new Joint Fraud Taskforce to fight fraud

Cifas on board for new Government Joint Fraud Taskforce to crack down on fraud   Cifas joins representatives from government, law enforcement and the banking sector as a core member of the Home Office’s new Joint Fraud Taskforce, launche... Read more

21 January

Cifas Chair steps down

Cifas has announced today that Ken Cherrett will be stepping down as Chair in September. Ken was appointed Chair when the Board was formed in 1991 and has overseen Cifas grow from a small credit industry fraud prevention organisation into the UK’s l... Read more

15 January

Think Twice Before You Act

Over a quarter of victims of online crime have been scammed by phishing emails or phone calls Over three quarters of all reported phishing incidents happen via email 18th January, 2016 – LONDON This week, Get Safe Online in partnership... Read more

07 January

Double danger for shoppers on Black Friday

The number of victims of identity fraud is up by 37 per cent, according to Cifas data published today. The new figures come just 48 hours before Black Friday, when shoppers are expected to spend more than £1 billion on online Christmas shopping*.... Read more

23 October

Notified of a data breach? Hacked? How to protect yourself from fraud.

Notified of a data breach? Hacked? Sometimes the worst happens. Perhaps you’ve been notified by your mobile or broadband provider that they’ve been hacked and your data has been stolen? Or you left your wallet on the bus. Or you logged... Read more

15 October

Cifas fraud data included in official crime statistics

Cifas’ confirmed fraud data is now included in latest Office of National Statistics’ England and Wales Crime Survey   The Office for National Statistics now includes fraud offences as recorded by Cifas and FFA UK in their latest En... Read more

14 October

Cross-Sector Fraud Data Could Unlock Millions in Additional Insurance Savings

CROSS-SECTOR FRAUD DATA COULD UNLOCK MILLIONS IN ADDITIONAL INSURANCE SAVINGS Download the 2015 Fraud Report here   Complex, cross-sector nature of insurance fraud rings and chronology of frauds revealed in new report   Fraud... Read more

18 September

Double danger for rugby fans

Commenting on recent reports of ticket fraud and the Rugby World Cup, Mike Haley, Deputy Chief Executive at fraud prevention expert Cifas, said: "Reports of ticket scams and suspect sites are concerning but sadly not surprising. Unfortunately ther... Read more

25 August

Scam warning for small businesses

Fraud prevention experts Cifas and Action Fraud have warned small business to be on extra alert for fake invoices after figures revealed an alarming increase in scams in the first six months of the year. Reports of fake invoice scams targeting business... Read more

04 August

Home movers at risk of identify theft

1 in 10 home movers are putting themselves at risk of ID fraud by leaving financial details on the doorstep   One of the largest studies of home movers in the UK reveals they are putting themselves at risk of ID Fraud by not redirecting t... Read more