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CIPFA responded to the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) latest Crime Survey for England and Wales, which included fraud and computer misuse offences for the first time.
The survey, covering incidents of crime reported in the year to September 2016, was released on 19 January. It showed there were 3.6 million fraud and 2 million computer misuse offences recorded.
Rachael Tiffen, head of the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, said: “The scale of cyber-crime and fraud revealed today shows it is reaching near epidemic levels.
“The Government, together with businesses, must crack down on these more sophisticated scams by having the right skills, capacity and technology in place. As without sufficient counter fraud measures, we will see the proportion of public funds spent on dealing with these types of crimes continue to increase.”
The fraud and computer misuse offences included:
There are two broad categories of 'computer misuse' crimes:
Organisations can help protect themselves from these threats by understanding the risks relevant to their circumstances and developing clear mitigation strategies, based on the resources available.
Training staff to recognise suspicious requests for financial information and how these should be managed and reported are also essential.