Credit card crime soars by 40 per cent

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Nearly two and a half million people were victims of credit card crime last year, the Times newspaper has claimed.

Using figures from the latest British Crime Survey – which does not include figures for victims of credit card and debit card fraud separately from other offences against property – the newspaper claims to have identified a massive rise in crime rates.

Extrapolating from the BCS's data, the Times suggests that 2.41 million people were victims of credit card and debit card fraud last year. That represents a rise of 40 per cent as against the previous year.

Professor Marian FitzGerald of Kent University told the newspaper that the survey is flawed for omitting this figure, and giving the impression that crime is not rising.

The offences covered by the British Crime Survey have not been updated since 1981.

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