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Online shopping fraud has resulted in about 16,000 people in the UK losing a total of more than £16m to criminals...
Opportunistic criminals are using COVID-19 to their advantage, having successfully scammed more than one in 10 Brits out of about £556 ($697) each — collectively costing the nation £3.6bn.
Cheshire Constabulary is warning residents to be vigilant following a significant increase in fraud offences. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic the force has seen a 22 per cent increase in the number of reports of fraud across the county.
Action Fraud figures show £5,142,265-worth of fraud has been reported since February, with the number of reports totalling more than 2,100.
A total of £5,341,592 has been reported lost by 2,204 victims of coronavirus-related scams.
The survey by credit reference agency TransUnion found 12% of British adults have successfully been scammed out of an average of £550 each or £3.6bn collectively.
The total value of fraud in Yorkshire fell to £16.2m in 2019, down from £52m in the previous year, according to research carried out by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.
The North West has overtaken Yorkshire as the UK fraud hotspot, outside London, new research shows.
The total value of fraud in the Midlands reached £56.9m in 2019, up from £41.2m the previous year, according to research carried out by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.
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