In 2007-08, there were 23,344 cases of fraud by false representation that involved a cheque, plastic card or online bank account recorded by police (this includes some instances of the similar offence of cheque and credit card fraud committed under old legislation in place before
These offences could have either been referred direct by a financial institution, reported by an account holder or merchant who was not refunded monies by their financial institution or dealt with as a direct call for service to the police where a suspect was believed to be committing a crime at the time. These offences will in some instances relate to online fraud, but there is no specific category of recorded crime to separately identify these. In addition, we do not separately identify fraud offences relating to credit cards that have been notified to police by banks or financial institutions.
Statistics giving the number of fraud offences relating to cheque, plastic card and online bank accounts recorded by each police force area since April 2007 are shown in the following table.
|Fraud by false representation: cheque, plastic card and online bank accounts recorded by each police force in England and Wales from 2007-08|
|Force name||Number of fraud offences|
|Avon and Somerset||547|
|British Transport Police||315|
|Devon and Cornwall||603|
|London, City of||107|
|England and Wales||23,344|