Fraud and cyber crime
In the year ending September 2020, the estimated number of fraud incidents in the previous 12 months was 4.4 million fraud offences (ONS: Telephone-operated Crime Survey for England and Wales).
In 2019-20 we offered support to 7,074 people after they’d experienced fraud or forgery.
Every day, we see the devastation and misery that is the inevitable outcome of fraud. Some victims just want their money back, but others have had their trust destroyed. Whilst the financial loss will be important, the impact on someone’s daily life can be far reaching and long lasting.
Coming to terms with fraud, whether you are young or old, as with any other crime, can be a very long process for a victim. Victim Support (VS) works with other agencies to help take away the stigma that is often attached to fraud and give the victim the confidence to report it, knowing that they are not alone and will be taken seriously. While we can’t compensate the victim for their financial loss, we can work with them to piece their lives back together.