Fraud cases in Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar revealed

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 July 2013

Aaron Nicholas

Aaron Nicholas

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NEW figures have again showed Hatfield as popular target for fraudsters.

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Statistics from fraud-prevention service CIFAS have revealed “emerging hotspots” of fraud activity, which included Hatfield.

Last month the town was branded “a key target for identity thieves”, in a similar report by credit-rating firm Experian.

That survey showed it was in the top 10 worst-hit areas in the UK.

As a result the WHT revealed how Hatfield resident Aaron Nicolas had been repeatedly targeted by conmen, who took out 12 mobile phone contracts in his name.

Mr Nicolas said the fraud had left his credit rating in tatters.

The latest figures constitute the number of confirmed frauds in the first six months of 2013.

They show Hatfield had 368 instances of fraud, and was third in the country, outside of London.

The top fraud hotspot including the capital was East Ham on 840 cases.

Top of the list, excluding the capital, was Slough on 441.

Other Times Territory towns fared better than Hatfield according to the figures. WGC postcodes AL7 and AL8 had a combined 88 instances of fraud and Potters Bar had 64.

CIFAS communications manager, Richard Hurley, said: “What these figures prove is that fraud will take place anywhere.

He added: “It is important that individuals and organisations share the responsibility of ensuring that personal data is protected from identity fraudsters who might be targeting these areas.”

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