ID Cards and Fraud

You know how ID cards are supposed to lower the levels of fraud?

But there was also a six per cent increase in card fraud losses in Britain, which was largely driven by fraudsters using stolen details to make purchases over the telephone or internet, or by mail order.

This "card not present" fraud soared by 37 per cent to £290.5 million, possibly as criminals frustrated by chip and pin security looked for alternative scams.

Simply not going t help this fast growing form of fraud, are they?

12 thoughts on “ID Cards and Fraud”

  1. …..and the MoD reports 11,000 Military ID cards lost or stolen in the past 2 years.

    Wikipedia (I know, I know…….) reports British Armed Forces numbers at 429,000 – front line, reservists and volunteer reserve; let’s call the UK population 60,000,000, including the military lot. So if (roughly) one military card in 80 goes missing or is stolen in a year, then the UK might expect to see some 750,000 missing each year – 2050 a day.

    That would be a highly conservative estimate as many non-military types can be soooo careless, don’t you find? 😀

    Not to mention that military id cards are rarities, relatively speaking – for a pickpocket or purse-snatcher to get one would be good luck, at the moment. If we’re all carrying cards then every theft nets one. When the free criminal market establishes the cash value of a stolen ID card, expect crimes of that sort to rise exponentially as every druggie and toerag in London realises they can make hundreds of extra Pounds a day snatching bags and wallets.

  2. Further to Mark’s post – the military tend to be more conscious of keeping id cards secure because the punishment for losing one can be quite harsh. When I served it was regularly 14 days pay and for 2nd and subsequent offences 28 days pay or possibly jail time.

  3. ” the punishment for losing one can be quite harsh”

    £125 for first offence of losing one’s New Labour ID card.

    “14 days pay”

    £1000 for failing to notify change of address, purchase of second home, etc. Sounds in the same kind of ball park.

  4. “Simply not going t help this fast growing form of fraud, are they?”

    But that’s not going to stop the Home Office minister claiming that ID cards are necessary to stop ID fraud (the reasoning goes like this: “ID, card, fraud, card, fraud, ID, ID, card, ID, ID fraud, ID card”).

    I wish the journalists who get to interview the feeble-minded minister would for one bloody well ask her how biometrics are supposed to work through the post and on the internet.

  5. “Verification online or over the telephone: if an applicant wants to prove their identity to someone on the telephone or internet, they can do this by supplying their card details and possibly some ‘shared secret’ information, like banking services use today. Small handheld devices to support this are cheaply available. Using one of these, the chip can provide a temporary code which confirms that the card is the one being used and that the PIN has been entered correctly.” – Borders, Immigration and Identity Action Plan

    In other words they won’t stop fraud.

  6. And absolutely secure too

    Yes, indeed. I’m trying to arrange, even as I type this, to be accompanied at all times by Halle Berry in a very, very tight-fitting catsuit, so she can reprise her arm-severing role in a James Bond film and operate some biometric scanners for me based on individuals’ Government ID Cards.

    Shall we start with the Prime Minister’s, or the Home Secretary’s? And which biometric? Fingerprint? Palmprint? Iris scan? Head shape? My, my, this could take a while…… 😀

  7. With the old credit cards we were never once subjected to fraud. With chip-and-pin we’ve been done thrice.

  8. You can get a perfectly good ID card for as little as 3 quid – you get them from your local council.

    You need to present your council tax bill, your real passport and another form of ID like driving license and two photos that they take.

    The new one that are proposed will stop nothing.

  9. “…which biometric? Fingerprint? Palmprint? Iris scan? Head shape?”

    Iris, of course. You’d need a large knife and a lot of effort to cut off a hand or head, but you can scoop out an eyeball with your bare fingers… 🙂

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