The data reveals Dorset as the capital of computer virus, malware and spyware scams, while Northamptonshire is the capital for online shopping and auction fraud reports.Elsewhere, Dyfed-Powys was the capital for computer-repair fraud reports; in these scams, a fraudster phones you pretending there’s a fault with your computer and then demands a fee for fixing it.
The £16.2million lost through UK cash machine fraud is where the compromised card is used at a UK cash machine irrespective of how the card is compromised and so includes use of lost/stolen cards, counterfeit cards and cards ‘intercepted in transit’, he added.
Norfolk is the dating fraud capital of England and Wales, while Surrey is the hotspot for investment scams, new Which? We obtained thousands of fraud reports under the Freedom of Information Act to pinpoint areas where certain types of fraud are prevalent.
We’ve also created an interactive map, so you can see the types of scam most commonly reported in your area.
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