Financial identities are being sold by scammers for £80.
According to the Get Safe Online group, details sold include names, addresses, passport numbers and credit card numbers and it claims that ID theft is becoming a serious problem.
It estimates that nearly half of all computer users in the UK are vulnerable because they are not using defensive measures such as a firewall, or up-to-date software which can identity malicious programs. Experts have warned that with six out of 10 people now managing their finances online, people need to do more to prevent e-crime including changing and varying passwords.
The BBC revealed that the Serious Organised Crime Agency had details of personal information being sold for £5 per piece of data, or £80 for an entire package.
Tony Neate of Get Safe Online said: “Online criminal activity can be a sophisticated business, but each of us can take steps to prevent ourselves from becoming a victim. If internet users invest a relatively small amount of time and money in ensuring they are fully protected and up-to-date, the risk of such financial loss is almost negligible.”