Nearly six million fraud and cyber crimes last year, ONS says

July 21st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Almost six million fraud and cyber crimes were committed last year in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics has said.

It estimated there were two million computer misuse offences and 3.8 million fraud offences in the 12 months to the end of March – suggesting fraud is the most common type of crime.

Most related to bank account fraud.

It is the first time fraud questions have been added to the official Crime Survey for England and Wales.

The figures are separate from the headline estimate that a total of 6.3 million crimes were perpetrated against adults in the year to March.

John Flatley, of the ONS, said: “This is the first time we have published official estimates of fraud and computer misuse from our victimisation survey.

“Together, these offences are similar in magnitude to the existing headline figures covering all other crime survey offences.

“However, it would be wrong to concluded that actual crime levels have doubled, since the survey previously did not cover these offences.”

The ONS said that the fraud questions were only added to the crime survey from October 2015 and the data was based on interviews conducted during the second half of the survey year.

The data had then been “grossed up” to provide an estimate covering the entire survey year, it said.

Copyright: BBC Technology

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