Julie Cooper – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Home Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Julie Cooper on 2016-02-19.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were victims of online fraud in (a) Burnley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West in each year since 2010.

Mr John Hayes

The Home Office does not hold data centrally on the number of victims of online frauds committed annually.

The Office for National Statistics recently published a provisional estimate of 5.1 million fraud offences a year in England and Wales, based on trial data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. This did not include details of how many fraud offences were online or on the number of victims of online fraud.

The ONS also published the number of frauds referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in the year to September 2015 – 604,601. It is not possible to establish how many of these were online.