Background Screening Index 2014
Identity Theft within South Africa is rife and techniques used to acquire personal information have expanded over the years.
The most common technique is that of phishing - an email is sent to an individual requesting for private and confidential information to be provided via a website link. Once the link is accessed all personal information is retrieved.
The roll out of the Smart ID Card in February 2014 attempts to combat fraud. The green indemnity book has now been replaced by an ID card which incorporates modern biometric technology able to record a wide range of personal details on a memory chip.
The downwards trend stipulated in the graph below definitely indicates an awareness being created within the market towards ID fraud.