Online fraud most reported type in Wiltshire

By Ben Carey on 28 March, 2024

Nearly 4,000 cases of fraud were reported to Wiltshire Police over the past 13 months.

The most common type, according to the analysis carried out by QRFY, was online fraud relating to shopping and auction sites.

Data from Action Fraud and the Office for National Statistics was used to uncover how many reports each police force had in England and Wales over the past 13 months, and the most common types of fraud reported. 

Over the past 13 months, Action Fraud recorded 395,105 reports of individual fraud across England and Wales with a reported loss of £2.3 billion. 89% of these reports were found to be filed by individuals.

Wiltshire Police recorded 3,902 individual fraud reports over the period, in many cases the non-delivery of products bought by a consumer (or the misrepresentation of a product) was cited.

The second most common category of fraud reported by the police force was ‘Other Advance Fee Fraud’. Following in third was ‘Cheque, Plastic Cards and Online Bank Account (non PSP)’ which refers to cases where criminals pretend to be someone with authority asking individuals to use their credit cards, debit cards, repayment cards, store cards or cheques.

The National Cyber Security Centre website has a wealth of information to help online shoppers avoid scams and fraudulent sites. Advice available on the site includes:

  • Choose carefully where you shop
  • Use a credit card for online payments
  • Only provide enough details to complete your purchase
  • Keep your accounts secure
  • Watch out for suspicious emails, text messages and websites

Other advice from the website states:

If you think your credit or debit card has been used by someone else, let your bank know straight away so they can block anyone using it. Always contact your bank using the official website or phone number. Don’t use the links or contact details in the message you have been sent or given over the phone.

If you think you have responded to a suspicious email or text message, or visited a scam website, don’t panic. Read the NCSC’s guidance on dealing with scam emails, phone calls and text messages.

If you’ve lost money, tell your bank and report it as a crime to Action Fraud. By doing this, you’ll be helping to prevent others becoming victims of cyber crime.

If you don’t receive the item (or it doesn’t match the description given), Citizens Advice has some useful information about getting your money back if you paid by credit card, debit card or PayPal.

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