In the case of United Kingdom it is seen that the amounts siphoned off frauds are high and could even be used for financing terrorist activities or equally nefarious deeds.It is well known that detection and punishment of fraudsters are an arduous and lengthy process. “Given this fact the difficulties in securing prosecutions, and the level of penalty imposed in most cases it is not surprising that fraud, in all its variants, is seen as a significant growth area by criminals.” (Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) and Metropolitan Police Services: Fraud and Financial Crime. Even if the fraudsters are ultimately brought before the due process of law, the chances of conviction are also remote and would depend upon the severity of charges and the competencies of the Prosecution, if not the degree of criminal certainty that would enable the alleged offender to be convicted and punished.One aspect that needs to be understood is that each person has an identity of his/her own, as such what is being done is not identity theft, but identify impersonation. One person B impersonates C, but is not actually C, but only B in the guise of C. He has managed to impersonate C for gains, but is actually being able to gain only impersonation and not theft of C’s identity. For all practical purpose B remains as B and C remains C. This fact could be seen against the UK government’s decision to issue Identity Cards to all citizens, so that, they could have just one identity and not multiple ones. These are mandatory. Identity fraud its impact and the case for prevention.
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