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  • July 21st, 2016

Nearly Six Million Cyber Crime and Fraud Cases


The ONS (Office for National Statistics) for the first time has included online offences and fraud as part of its official statistics release. The figure shows that there were two million incidents of cybercrime and 3.8 million of fraud. The majority of the two million computer misuse incidents involved a computer or internet-enabled device being infected with a virus.

The data is based upon on a survey of 9,000 people over six months, a technique that’s used to estimate other crimes as well. The figures will form part of the British Crime Survey, used by the Government and statisticians to assess offending levels.

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.”

Bank and credit account fraud was found to be the most common types of cyber crime and fraud with 2.5 million incidents.

If you are charged, or are being interviewed, for a cyber crime offence speak to a solicitors today on 0333 011 0515 for free advice. Alternatively visit our dedicated cyber crime information website.

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