An ordinary bank customer has persuaded one of the UKís largest credit rating agencies to adopt a totally free technique that could dramatically cut ID theft.
From this week, UK agency Equifax has agreed to make it easier for consumers to amend their credit records with a simple thumbprint ID, with the requirement that anyone applying for credit under that customerís name must supply a corresponding print on any application.
According to Jamie Jamieson, who thought up and has campaigned for the idea the idea for some years, criminals will hate this Ė the last thing a criminal wants to do is hand over incriminating evidence in the form of a personal thumb or fingerprint.
In the event of fraud using a personís identity, the bogus fingerprint could be added to the Police National Computer (PNC) database of fingerprint records, and either identify the culprit from those already in the system, or create a trail of evidence should they be arrested at a future date. Most likely, the criminal would simply move on to another identity and not bother at all. Read more.
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