New Technology May Increase Identity Theft - Scientist

By Patricia Reaney | September 4, 2005

DUBLIN (Reuters) - New technology could increase rather than solve the problem of identity theft and fraud, a British criminologist warned on Monday.

Identity cards and chip and pin technology for credit cards will force fraudsters to be more creative and are unlikely to alleviate the problem.

Dr Emily Finch, of the University of East Anglia in England, said dependence on technology was leading to a breakdown in individual vigilance, which experts believe is one of the best ways to prevent fraud and identity theft.

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