Scams and fraud are criminally under-policed in Britain


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A growing number of people do. According to the Crime Survey of England and Wales, the year to June saw 6.8m incidents of fraud and computer misuse (meaning mostly hacking). That is 43% more than two years earlier and 40% more than every other crime. The police have long put common, unsophisticated offences such as burglary, muggings and assaults into a category they call “volume crime”. Fraud is more voluminous than all of it.

“We don’t have much stuff in our homes that can be stolen and fenced down the pub,” says Mike Haley, the boss of Cifas, Britain’s…

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