Identity fraud

Constitutional and administrative law / Basic rights

Identity fraud


Identity fraud and theft are frequently thought of as problems that are an issue mostly in the United States and – to a lesser degree – Great Britain. Yet there is growing evidence that identity fraud is spreading across Europe, as a result of globalisation and digitalisation. Taking on another person’s identity no longer requires a forged passport. Look-alike fraud has been particularly popular in recent years, and is the main reason for the introduction of biometric passports. Identify fraud and theft is becoming a reality across a wide range of society’s sectors (the labour market, social security). Advances in digitisation offer identity thieves new opportunities to illicitly extract confidential data - including account numbers and passwords - from computers,. This themed issue attempts to offer an insight into the offence of identity fraud and theft, as well as insights into the various strategies for combating the phenomenon.



Publication data

Place of publication:
The Hague
Boom Juridische uitgevers
Year of publication:
Justitiële verkenningen 2006/07