Fraudsters need just three details to steal your identity and access your accounts, take out loans, credit cards, mobile phones in your name.

And most of it can be found on Facebook

In an article by Emilia Murray, in The Telegraph Money section, she explains “all it takes is a name, date of birth and address – and most of this can be found on social media profiles, such as Facebook. And if your settings are not private, this is available for anyone to see”.

A third of British adults with online profiles include their full name and date of birth, according to a YouGov survey.

The survey revealed that 48pc of 18 to 24-year-olds divulge this information on social media sites compared to 28pc for those between 35 and 44.

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