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19 Jun 2017 / Press Releases,
Fraud is on the increase and the kinds of scams will depend on where you live

New Fraud ‘hotspots’ in the UK Identified


New data collated by consumer group Which? has been outlined in fraud ‘hotspots’ around the UK, with a map pinpointing locations where certain types of fraud appear to be more prevalent.

The findings include:

  • Norfolk is a hotspot for dating fraud
  • Dorset has the most computer virus, malware and spyware fraud
  • Warwickshire experiences the highest level of retail fraud
  • London was revealed to be a hotspot for many types of fraud

Because of its ‘large concentration of money and people’, individuals residing in London are more at risk of falling victim to social media or email hacking, scam door-to-door sales, ticket fraud and mandate fraud.

Gareth Shaw, money expert at Which?, said:

‘This research highlights how reported fraud in the UK is on the increase and the kinds of scams you are most likely to fall victim to will depend on where you live.

The government needs to set out an ambitious agenda to tackle fraud, while law enforcement agencies need to work harder to identify and protect the people most at risk from fraud.’

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