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Fraud now the most common crime in the UK

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The shocking scale of cyber crime , with nearly six million offences committed last year, was unveiled for the first time today.

One in 10 adults fell victim to online scams, nearly doubling the total England and Wales crime rate.

The 5.8million offences, far more than was previously estimated, included 3.8million fraud cases.

There were also 2mil­lion computer misuse offences.

Among these were 1.4million virus attacks and 600,000 crimes involving unauthorised access to personal information such as hacking of email, social media or other online accounts.

Additionally, incidents of harassment – such as malicious online communications, social media abuse and revenge porn – nearly doubled to 156,000.

The Office for National Statistics figures were separate from the estimated 6.3million other crimes against adults in the 12 months to March, a 6% fall….

Full Article: Fraud now the most common crime in the UK as sheer scale of cyber scams is revealed – Mirror Online