Young people living in rented accommodation are nearly three times as likely to be the target of an attempted identity fraud than other sectors of the population, a credit checking company has warned.

Nearly one in five (18%) detected cases of identity fraud last year involved renters who were predominantly young, single people in their 20s and 30s who were living in an urban area and studying or taking their first steps on the career ladder, according to analysis from Experian.

These people tend to rent privately, live in a flat, have a household income of £20,000-£29,000, have no children and use their smartphone often.

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