Identity and Fraud

UK Labour Market Statistics – December release

Posted on Dec 12 2012 by

The recent momentum in labour market trends is rapidly easing in line with our expectations. While today’s labour market release still shows a rise in employment in the three months to October, the magnitude of this increase (of 40,000) is disappointing compared to earlier rises of 100,000 and 212,000 seen in the three months to September and August, respectively.

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Wealthiest owe millions in unpaid council tax

Posted on Dec 12 2012 by

New research from Experian reveals that some of the most affluent sections of society owe millions of pounds in unpaid council tax.

Experian has analysed £170 million of outstanding council tax debt owed to a broad range of rural and urban local authorities across England. The analysis revealed that 17 per cent (£28 million) is owed by people from the most affluent sections of society. When applied to all outstanding council tax in England last year, (£600m), the research suggests that almost £100m is owed by the most affluent sections of society.

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Sky opts for Experian to optimise customer prospect marketing

Posted on Dec 10 2012 by

Experian has unveiled a new contract with media giant Sky to help it refine its prospect marketing strategy and grow the size and quality of its client base.

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Recruiters – are you counting the cost of fraud?

Posted on Dec 07 2012 by

Find out how, where and when you may be at risk from fraud. It’s a multi-million pound industry that could cost you dearly.

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The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2012

Posted on Dec 06 2012 by

The Chancellor again faced a challenging background in presenting his Autumn Statement today as a stagnant economy over the past year shifted his deficit reduction strategy further off course. Missed targets meant that, as in last year’s Statement, the austerity programme has been extended to allow room for manoeuvre in boosting the flagging economy.

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Mortgage fraud set to surge in 2013 and will hit highest level ever

Posted on Dec 04 2012 by

Experian predicts there will be a dramatic increase in attempted mortgage fraud in the UK next year, bringing the number of people fraudulently trying to obtain home loans to the highest level since records began in 2009.

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Keeping your hands clean of dirty money

Posted on Dec 03 2012 by

The government has now completed its plans to make the UK’s anti-money laundering (AML) regime more effective and proportionate. With the proposed changes expected to save larger professional services firms around £3 million a year, enhanced due diligence is clearly worth it.

Given modern businesses are working in an accelerated culture and increasingly virtual world, it is vital they are confident that they have the right measures in place to cut the risk of money laundering.

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US online gaming reaches point of no return

Posted on Nov 29 2012 by

Despite recent coverage of the US elections virtually eclipsing the issue of online gaming, moves towards it were quietly progressing behind the scenes.

Nevada, closely followed by Delaware, have now approved the nation’s first interactive gambling licenses, while in August the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York determined that Hold ‘em Poker was not actually ‘gambling’, instead ruling it a game of skill and expertise.

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Pension fraud soars during the depths of a downturn

Posted on Nov 29 2012 by

The financial services sector currently shoulders the £3.5 billion lion’s share of the UK’s annual £75 billion estimated fraud losses.

Mortgages, currents accounts, loans and savings are all vulnerable – but evidence suggests pensions are equally at risk.

While there are no precise figures for Britain’s pensions industry as a whole, annual public sector pension fraud alone is estimated to cost nearly £17 million by the National Fraud Authority.

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Will Britain’s biggest online shopping day leave the virtual tills jingling all the way?

Posted on Nov 29 2012 by

Just in case you’ve been in a cave for the past two months, the festive shopping season is now almost here with the UK’s first big seasonal spike in online shopping fast approaching. So-called Cyber Monday traditionally falls on the first Monday of December.

And this year’s online landmark lands on December3.

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