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October 12, 2009 12:00 AM

Commenting on the launch of National ID Fraud Prevention week, Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"Identity fraud is becoming a magnet for organised criminal gangs.

"In the last week alone, we have seen this with thousands of hotmail users' email addresses and login details being made publicly available through an online phishing site.

"As more and more databases of personal information are accumulated by private and public organisations, the potential threat grows. The government's ID card scheme could become an ID fraudster's goldmine.

"But while governments and businesses have a duty to ensure that citizens and customers identities are safe and secure, we all have a role to play in beating the fraudsters.

"People should take a few simply steps to protect their identities from being stolen by going to the national ID fraud week website."