Dutch careless with personal data

11th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 October 2007 , THE HAGUE – The Dutch are careless with sensitive personal data, such as bank statements and signatures. Almost 30 percent of all bin bags contain information with which fraudsters can commit identity fraud.

11 October 2007

THE HAGUE – The Dutch are careless with sensitive personal data, such as bank statements and signatures. Almost 30 percent of all bin bags contain information with which fraudsters can commit identity fraud.


One out of seven rubbish bags even contains so much information that the owner is running a substantial risk of becoming the victim of identity fraud. This is fraud sensitive information, such as signatures and social security numbers. Combined with full personal details and address information criminals can easily commit fraud.


This emerged from research published on Thursday that was carried out on behalf of Fellowes, a company that manufactures paper shredders, among other things. "Internet shopping is child’s play when one has the correct information," Fellowes claims. "On the basis of the information found someone can easily transfer money from bank accounts."


The company concludes that the computer security is becoming increasingly important to consumers but that they meanwhile create ample opportunities for fraudsters by putting their personal data in a rubbish bag.

For the purpose of the research the rubbish bags of 500 households were searched. In the more than 1,000 bin bags 704 bank account numbers, 212 signatures and ten identity numbers were found, among other things.

Companies expose themselves on a large scale to the risks of identity fraud. A search through the normal paper waste of 250 companies showed that one in three documents is fraud- sensitive.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news

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