Statistics from the ONS Crime Survey released today show the staggering scale of fraud and cybercrime in England and Wales.
A total of 5.6 million offences related to fraud or cybercrime were committed, including 2.5 million incidents of bank and credit card fraud. People aged 25-34 were the most likely to experience fraud and 66% of all cases resulted in a loss of money or goods.
Overall, more than four million people were affected by fraud or cybercrime in the year ending September 2016.
To help people identify the risks of fraud and cybercrime, the City of London Police have developed an online fraud defence test. Our five top tips can also help protect you from fraud.
Lucy Hastings, Director at the independent charity Victim Support, said:
‘It’s extremely concerning that over 10 million people were affected by crime last year — a staggering 22% of the population.
‘Criminals are finding new, sophisticated ways to target people, with over four million people falling victim to fraud and cybercrime last year.
‘We know cybercrime and fraud can have a devastating impact, both financially and emotionally, on victims’ lives.
‘Many victims blame themselves or feel too embarrassed to come forward and get help but this shouldn’t be the case.
‘We want to encourage people to seek the help they may need and get the justice they deserve.’
In total, over ten million people in England and Wales experienced crime last year — 22% of the population. The survey also highlighted rises in knife crime, sexual offences and gun crime.
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