The Official Crime Survey 2015

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW),is considered to be the best measure of crime trends in the UK. It is created by interviewing sample members of the public about their experiences regarding crime in the past 12 months.

As of 2015, this includes fraud and computer misuse, listed below.

  • Bank and credit fraud – 2.47 million incidents
  • Non investment fraud – 1.0 million
  • Advance fee fraud – 108 thousand
  • Other fraud – 138 thousand
  • Computer virus – 1.36 million
  • Unauthorised access to personal information – 649 thousand

That makes a total of 5.76 million incidents

Analysis of the Crime Survey shows the following:-

  1. Almost two-thirds of fraud incidents involved initial loss of money or goods to the victim (62%). This equates to an estimated 2.3 million offences, compared with 1.4 million incidents of fraud involving no loss of money or goods.
  2. Victims received a full reimbursement in 43% of fraud incidents (1.6 million), typically from their financial provider.
  3. In 49% of non-investment frauds (such as fraud related to online shopping scams or fraudulent computer service calls) and 76% of all other frauds (for example, lottery scams, pyramid or Ponzi schemes or charity fraud) there was no financial loss to the victim. This compares to 30% of incidents of bank and credit account fraud where no financial loss was suffered.
  4. For computer misuse, 22% of incidents involved loss of money or goods, all relating to computer viruses (442,000 incidents).

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