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Up to 40 per cent have not made key checks on their credit rating or electoral roll entry

Cameron calls in 'bounty hunters' to catch benefit fraudsters

David Cameron was accused of eroding people's financial privacy as he unveiled plans to expand the use of credit reference agencies to track down welfare cheats.

The credit agency: Why Experian was enlisted for the battle

Judging by its luxurious and airy London headquarters, business is booming for Experian. Corporate clients, including politicians and civil servants, are briefed on the company's products in large presentation rooms in their offices with panoramic views of the capital.

Credit agencies lined up to pinpoint benefit cheats

Use of private financial data attacked as a 'recipe for snooping'

Business Diary: Hangover hint for Experian

Apparently Britain's high streets are going to be flooded with shoppers tomorrow, at least according to Experian Footfall, which yesterday produced the latest (desperate) attempt to cash in on some of the publicity generated by the World Cup. The information services company reckons there will be a sharp increase in Saturday shoppers compared to last week because there is no England game. It appears not to have occurred to researchers that the same England fans who avoided the shops last week might have plenty of alcohol-fuelled motivation to do the same thing this week after tonight's game against Algeria in Cape Town.

Social networks overtake Google in UK web hits

Facebook's battle for internet supremacy with Google has intensified after social networks received more internet hits than search engines for the first time in the UK.

House Doctor: We were targeted by a fraudster. Could our remortgage be affected as a result?

Question: We were recently fraud victims and had our credit card cloned, which I assume has damaged our credit record. Will our remortgage next month be affected? We can't afford any higher rate than what we're paying at the moment. John Watt, Bath

Plastic surgery: How to boost your credit-card rating

Card providers are beefing up their rates and getting choosy about who they accept, writes Chiara Cavaglieri

Easter boom on high street as Britons spend holiday shopping

Shoppers stormed the high street over the Easter weekend, shrugging off continuing concerns over the economy on what is traditionally retailers' second most important weekend.

Facebook overtakes Google

Social networking site hits 'important milestone' in the US market

Consumer rights: Bogus tenant is making life a misery

How to get compensation from a letting agent who lands you with a dodgy renter...Tips on the best ways to sell a late relative's household goods

Consumer rights: 'Help me repair my bruised credit rating'

How to reduce the likelihood of having a credit card application turned down...What are your rights when your employer decides to cut your hours?

Sean O'Grady: Meet Motorway Man, the decisive voter in Election 2010

He is in his thirties. He drives. He voted Labour in 1997, and has a small family

More than 3,700 jobs at risk after Ethel Austin hits the buffers again

The discount fashion retailer Ethel Austin collapsed into administration for the second time in less than two years yesterday, leaving the jobs of 3,714 staff at its 276 branches hanging in the balance.

Time to rescue old money from sleeping bank accounts

Wake up before your cash vanishes, say Alessia Horwich and Julian Knight
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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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China's influence on fashion

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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

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Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

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It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before