Tuesday, May 09, 2006

ID cards will make ID theft worse

Leonardo DiCaprioA renowned fraudster who has worked for the FBI since his release from prison 30 years ago is visiting the UK to advise banks and utilities on ID fraud. Frank Abagnale inspired the Leonardo DiCaprio film Catch Me If You Can. He is not impressed by the government's argument that ID cards will reduce ID theft:

Plans to introduce identity cards will be even more problematic because “there will be so much information about someone on one card”, Mr Abagnale said. “It’s more information to steal. You will be dealing with someone in a government office on a low salary. The details are going to be vulnerable. These sorts of cards are very easy to forge.”

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