15,000 victims of fraud in first half of 2010


A report by Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting centre, has revealed more than 15,000 people have been the victims of fraud during the first six months of the year.

The majority of the cases were online shopping and auction frauds and advance fee frauds - where services were not delivered.

However, “romance” frauds (where fraudsters gained people’s trust and then persuaded them to give them money) were also common.

Action Fraud said consumers lose around £35 billion each year through fraud, however, the actual number is likely to higher since many are too embarrassed to report being scammed.

Action Fraud’s chief executive, Dr Bernard Herdan, said people shouldn’t feel embarrassed.

“There are many types of fraud and anyone can become a victim. You can help us fight the fraudsters and make the UK a more hostile environment for fraud,” said Dr Herdan.

“Fraud, of any value, is a serious crime that devastates lives and often funds more organised crime like drug smuggling and people trafficking,” he added.

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