Millions of Britons remain vulnerable to identity crime, according to a nationwide survey.

The Information Commissioner's Office found that young people are the least protective of their personal information. More than six in ten 16- to 25-year-olds do not destroy personal documents before throwing them away and 40 per cent never check their bank statements for unusual transactions.

More than three quarters (88 per cent) of all respondents continue to click on a link within an email to get to a website, while one third said they received over 50 unwanted sales calls, marketing emails and junk mail each month.