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East Ham Named As Fraud Top Spot

Wednesday 19th June 2013

A part of east London has the highest rate of identity fraud in the UK.

There are 27 attempts to steal someone's identity for every 10,000 adults in East Ham - about seven times the national average.

The figures, from credit-checking group Experian, show London as a whole experienced 11 attempts for every 10,000 adults.

Romford, Bexleyheath, Woolwich, Cheapside, Stratford, Ilford, Walthamstow, Lewisham and Enfield were also picked out as London boroughs in which the problem is prevalent.

"It comes as no surprise that the capital remains a target for third-party fraudsters - particularly around densely populated inner-city boroughs where identities are easier to steal," UK and Ireland director of identity and fraud at Experian, Nick Mothershaw, said.

"However, fraudsters are clearly attracted to rich pickings in more affluent areas, where access to an identity might be harder to obtain but the prize makes it worth the extra effort.

"Clearly, identity theft is not just confined to inner-city areas but is a UK-wide problem and a symptom of tougher economic times, highlighting the need for people everywhere to be increasingly vigilant."

The national average for identity fraud was four attempts for every 10,000 adults.