Fraud and Cyber Crime UK’s Most Common Offences
In their Article in The Telegraph, posted on 19 January 2017, Martin Evans and Patrick Scott write that according to latest figures from the annual Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW), one in 10 UK residents are falling victim to On-Line Fraud. This they claim, comprises almost one half of all crimes in the country.
That said, Evans and Scott point out that just a fraction of offences are reported to the police because victims either feel embarrassed or believe little can be done to catch those responsible. Adding to the problem, many of those who suffer losses are elderly or vulnerable people who fall victim to so-called phishing scams in which they are persuaded to hand over passwords and bank account details.
Victims of online fraud are often targeted by criminals based overseas who use a variety of sophisticated techniques to gain access to their bank accounts or credit card details before plundering their savings.
Evans and Scott also mention that Chief Constable Jeff Farrar, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (UK), acknowledged that under reporting was a problem.
He said: “These latest figures show that there were 1.9 million cases of fraud on UK-issued cards, which is an increase of 39 per cent on the previous year. The vast majority of these are not reported to the police, who have only seen a 3 per cent increase in fraud offences.”
He added: “The ability to commit crime online demonstrates the need for policing to adapt and transform to tackle these cyber challenges.”