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Drawing from its reporting database of 261 organisations, CIFAS found that 148,463 people reported having their identity stolen in 2015, up from 94,492 the previous year. CIFAS has warned that social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In are becoming a “hunting ground” for fraudsters.
The proof requirements for criminal fraud charges in the United States are essentially the same as the requirements for other crimes: guilt must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
According to the ONS most frauds relate to bank account fraud.
CIFAS - The UK's Fraud Prevention Service, is a not-for-profit membership association representing the private and public sectors.
CIFAS is dedicated to the prevention of fraud, including staff fraud, and the identification of financial and related crime.
The FAP has been particularly critical of the support available from the police to victims of fraud in the UK outside of London.
Although victims of fraud are generally referred to the UK's national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, Action Fraud, the FAP found that there was "little chance" that these crime reports would be followed up with any kind of substantive law enforcement action by UK authorities, according to the report.