Cybercrime: North West

Home Office written question – answered on 26th February 2016.

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Photo of Julie Cooper Julie Cooper Labour, Burnley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were victims of online fraud in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in each year since 2010.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Home Office does not hold data centrally on the number of victims of online frauds committed annually.

The Office for National Statistics recently published a provisional estimate of 5.1 million fraud offences a year in England and Wales, based on trial data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. This did not include details of how many fraud offences were online or on the number of victims of online fraud.

The ONS also published the number of frauds referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in the year to September 2015 – 604,601. It is not possible to establish how many of these were online.

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