As reported by the BBC News Website- The Office for National Statistics has said that almost six million fraud and cyber crimes were committed last year in England and Wales.
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 ONS headline estimate that a total of 6.3 million crimes were perpetrated against adults in the year to March – a 6% fall in the number of crimes compared to the previous year. The Crime Survey for England and Wales asks people about crime they have experienced and includes offences not reported to police.
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 conclude that actual crime levels have doubled, since the survey previously did not cover these offences.” The most common types of fraud experienced were bank and credit account fraud, with 2.5 million incidents, followed by “non-investment” fraud, such as scams related to online shopping, the ONS said.
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