Slough has overtaken London to become the identity fraud capital of the UK according to figures released today by Experian.
The Berkshire town recorded 25 identity fraud attempts for every 10,000 households, with residents targeted at around four times the UK national average.
Overall London experienced 22 attempts per 10,000 households, although these figures were not spread evenly across the capital. Hotspots were found in and around London’s Olympic neighbourhoods.
East Ham residents were targeted at more than 11 times the national rate (86 in 10,000). Woolwich and Stratford also experienced significant activity, recording 46 and 43 attempts per 10,000 households respectively.
These figures show a change in tactics by identity fraudsters. Traditionally they have targeted wealthy households, but it seems now that anyone is considered ‘fair game’.
Nick Mothershaw, UK director of identity & fraud services at Experian said: “ID fraudsters have traditionally focused attentions on the wealthiest sections of society living in prestigious London postcodes. Our research shows that the risk continues to spread, with the highest rates now in the Thames Valley and London’s Olympic neighbourhoods.”
Experian haven’t as yet released a glossy report of their findings, but if you would like to read more the original press release can be found here.