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Cheshire fraud costs over £26m a year

Cheshire residents are being urged to start making every day safer as the latest online crime figures from Get Safe Online and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reveal that a staggering £26.7 million was lost by the area as a result of fraud, including cybercrime, last year.

Nationally, this figure rose to £10.9 billion which equates to approximately £210 per person over the age of 16 living in the UK,but represents only reported fraud.

A new survey to mark Get Safe Online Day reveals that the UK figure is likely to be much greater, with respondents who had been a victim of online crime alone losing an average of £523 each – more than the average weekly waGE. In addition, 39 per cent of people who said they’d been victims of online crime said they hadn’t reported the incident.

Tony Neate, Chief Executive of Get Safe Online, said: “The fact that the UK is losing nearly £11 billion to cyber criminals is frightening and highlights the need for each and every one of us to make sure we are taking our online safety seriously. It is clear from our survey that people are very concerned, and rightly so.”

Posted 11:43 AM Friday November 4, 2016. Filed under News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response to this entry. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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