The UK Police Force areas least at risk of online shopping scams

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E-commerce experts at CartridgeSave.co.uk analysed the latest data available from the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre to see which UK Police Forces reported the lowest levels of online shopping scams as a percentage of all cybercrime and fraud reports in the past 13 months.

It found that Scotland takes the top spot on the list, with Scotland Police reporting 15,265 fraud and cyber crimes in the past 13 months, with 2,103, or 13.78%, being from online shopping scams.

Coming in second place is London. Metropolitan Police data shows that of the 63,786 total fraud and cyber-crimes reported in the past 13 months, only 10,683, or 16.75%, were from online shopping. 

Taking third in the top ten is the Surrey area. The study found that 1,393, or 18.28%, of the 7,621 total cyber crimes reported by Surrey Police in the past 13 months were from online shopping scams. 

The Welsh area of Dyfed-Powys comes in fourth place. The study found that 711, or 18.88%, of the 3,765 total cyber crimes reported by the Dyfed-Powys Police in the past 13 months were from online shopping scams.

Rounding out the top five is the Hertfordshire area. Hertfordshire Police reported 7,341 fraud and cyber crimes in the past 13 months, and of this total, 1,427, or 19.44%, were from online shopping scams.

Rank

Area

Total fraud and
cyber crimes reported
(past 13 months)

Online shopping
scams reported
(past 13 months)

Percentage of total
that is online
shopping scams

1

Scotland

15,265

2,103

13.78%

2

Metropolitan Police/London

63,786

10,683

16.75%

3

Surrey

7,621

1,393

18.28%

4

Dyfed-Powys

3,765

711

18.88%

5

Hertfordshire

7,341

1,427

19.44%

6

Sussex

9,595

1,893

19.73%

7

Greater Manchester

16,678

3,303

19.80%

8

Kent

11,094

2,223

20.04%

9

Cheshire

6,135

1,236

20.15%

10

North Yorkshire

4,358

899

20.63%

Commenting on the findings, Ian Cowley, managing director of CartridgeSave.co.uk, said: “It’s important to be extra vigilant while online shopping nowadays, with scammers’ methods getting more and more complicated and believable. Several years ago, what may have been easily detectable has turned into scammers using methods like spoofing entire websites and posing as other people. It’s important to note that you can still be at risk even if you have minimal use of online shopping, as all it takes is one occasion for you to be caught out to potentially lose a lot financially.”

Source: Data from the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre is correct as of 05/09/2023

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