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The latest Recorded Crime In Scotland bulletin from the Scottish Government shows there were 1,354 fraud crimes in August, up 488 compared to the same month last year.
Two in five (37%) of adults in the UK believe they have been targeted by a scam or fraud since lockdown started on 23 March, according to new research of 2,000 people by AJ Bell.
Recent months have seen an unusual phenomenon emerge – the elderly and digitally reluctant customer. While online retailers can prepare for, and target, shoppers who don’t know about them yet or who usually shop with competitors, the section of customers who come to them almost against their will are trickier to plan for if it’s a segment you’re unused to serving.
The number of crimes recorded by the police in Scotland dropped by four per cent in August, compared to the same month last year, however the number of incidents of fraud rocketed by 56 per cent.
Since the start of March to July 2020 - 36,555 victims of fraud, over the age of 55, reported losses of nearly a quarter of a Billion pounds to criminals (£220,186,002). Compared to the same time last year the losses were £47m (£46,540,006) more for the over 55s.
This equates to a new insurance scam being uncovered every five minutes, totalling around 300 fraudulent claims a day
UK bank branch workers along with the police have stopped £19.3m ($25.3m) in fraud in the first six months of 2020 through the Banking Protocol scheme.
Impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on crime and people’s perceptions of crime during the April and May 2020 period of national lockdown.
Criminals have cashed in on the coronavirus lockdown and exploited the nation’s uncertainty with a flood of scams, it has been revealed.
The latest research from Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, has revealed that 2019 saw the highest ever number of cases of fraudulent conduct recorded to the National Fraud Database.
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