Fraud is one of the most common crimes in England and Wales, with cases accounting for more than 40% of all crimes reported. This government update outlines some of the key points in the Fraud Strategy which aims to reduce the number of cases by 10% on 2019 levels before the beginning of 2025.
Between 2021 and 2022, 39% of UK businesses identified cyber attacks on their businesses, according to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022. Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos, a Reader in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity at the University of Portsmouth discusses the Cybercrime Awareness Clinic they have in place at the university to support stakeholders and businesses, educating them on the challenges of cybercrime.
It is estimated that more than 90% of reported crime now has a digital element, according to the Policing Digital Strategy 2020-2030. DI Chris White, Head of Cyber and Innovation at the South East Cyber Resilience Centre discusses the importance of engaging with youth and intervening early to prevent cybercrimes when they are on the pathway to committing them.
Fraud can evoke a whole host of emotions, taking a psychological approach to public perceptions of economic crime can go a long way when tackling fraudsters. Paul Maskall of UK Finance spoke at The Counter Fraud Conference 2021 about emotional intuition and our perception of risk and fraud.