Cyber crime is something that really interests me and I know that as a firm we are keen to help our clients be more aware. Commercial lawyer, Matt Smith talked about it on our blog quite recently here. It's a real eye opener when you see statistics like this, though.
For years fraud was thought of as a "victimless" crime which mainly affected businesses and banks. It wasn't part of the official crime survey and wasn't seen as a priority by police and politicians. But the widespread use of computers, laptops and smart-phones to facilitate fraud has changed all that - and the survey is finally catching up. Its findings are startling: we are more likely to be a victim of fraud than any other type of crime, with one in 10 adults defrauded in the past 12 months. Unlike other crime types, such as robbery, people in rural parts were more vulnerable to fraud than city-dwellers; middle-aged adults were more likely to be victims than those in other age groups; and people in managerial and professional jobs were at greater risk than manual workers, students and the unemployed.