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  • prevent identity fraud: the use of false identity currently costs the UK more than 1.7 billion a year. The Scheme will make it much more difficult for such fraud to occur;

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That statement is so misleading it counts as a deliberate falsehood.

See

"Andy Burnham's "£1.7 billon identity fraud" figure is as false as the previous £1.3 billion one"

http://spyblog.org.uk/2006/02/andy_burnhams_17_billon_identi.html

Posted by Watching Them, Watching Us on 2006-12-30 18:23:15.
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How much of a reduction in this mythical £1.7 billion a year figure is the Government claiming will actually be reduced by this scheme ?

It is one of the secrets about the scheme which they have not dared to publish, not even as a guesstimate.

Will they scrap the scheme if this secret target is not achieved ?

Posted by Watching Them, Watching Us on 2006-12-30 18:36:44.
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For the sake of corroboration... A similar breakdown of this figure is also detailed at silicon.com : http://www.silicon.com/publicsector/0,3800010403,39156140,00.htm which concludes "When all these non-ID fraud figures are taken out of the Home Office calculations the actual total annual cost of ID fraud to the UK is just £494m, although £372m is an undefined figure given for losses due to ID fraud across the telecoms industry."

As regards the reductions in fraud, an assertion as found in Hansard is "The benefits arising from reduced fraud are estimated to be in the range of £550 million to £980 million per annum", a paltry sum when compared to the overall cost of the scheme once all of the consequential costs are properly accounted for.

Posted by Henrietta W on 2006-12-31 00:58:37.
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Of course there is also the possiblilty of an increase in fraud. It is going to be much more profitable for the criminal when to gain any credence he only has to produce one form of identity and the person who's identity they stole is going to have a very difficult time proving it was not him/her who obtained the service or product. ID cards are not going to enhance peoples safety, just make their lives miserable.

Posted by L Corrin on 2007-01-19 03:13:35.
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