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People are being encouraged to snitch on con artists and fraudsters, following the launch of a new Web site by the Association of British Insurers. Believed to be the first site of its kind, www.fraud.org.uk is designed to make it easier for people to grass on their naughty neighbours. And this should cut the massive £16 billion bill for insurance claims paid out each year by ABI members. But the site itself -- which was launched officially today -- isn't all it's cracked up to be. If you want to share our schadenfraude, check the site here. Of the dozen different links relating to different frauds, which includes arson, credit card and social security frauds, half have no information and are simply labelled "under construction". And the secure mechanism to report someone seems to be suffering early glitches, too. When this finally does work, perhaps someone will report www.fraud.org.uk to itself for such a shoddy piece of work. A spokesman for the ABI confirmed that the new service could bring out the nastier side of some people who may use the service maliciously to report others but hoped people would be sensible. Despite its lofty ideals, the site will not cater for the hoaxes and scams that have become the scourge of the Net. No doubt this will come as a disappointment to many people. ®

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