'Fraudsters are selling credit card and bank details stolen from British consumers on hundreds of open forums accessed through Google searches.
The internet giant stands accused of fuelling the ‘prolific’ trade in private financial information.
Marketing themselves with online adverts, hackers around the globe offer stolen ID details for as little as £4, with discounts for bulk buyers.
To lure punters, the criminals openly publish online thousands of ‘freebies’ giving information about select UK-based victims.
This can include their full names, dates of birth, bank, credit card and National Insurance numbers, email addresses and passwords, bank security questions and answers, and mother’s maiden names.
The Daily Mail tracked down several of the British victims, who described their ‘hell’ at being constantly targeted by fraudsters after having their private personal information plastered across the internet.
Many have had their credit ratings ruined after crooks emptied their accounts and repeatedly applied for credit cards, loans, store cards and mobile phone contracts in their name.
Other horrified victims were not aware that their details were being openly peddled until contacted by the Mail.
They pleaded with Google to take action to help stop the trade in their information.
Cyber security experts warned that our identities are now being bought and sold on a ‘monstrous’ scale – and claimed the ‘utter lack of responsibility’ by internet giants has enabled the illicit trade to flourish.'
Read more: Bank details for sale on Google: Hackers are offering full ID including your phone number and PIN for £4
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