|Less physical violence but emotionally the damage is just as great and can ‘ruin’ retirement plans, etc.|
ONS figures show that there were 2m offences of computer misuse and 3.8m fraud offences in England & Wales last year. Those are the estimates from the Office for National Statistics’ Crime Survey. This is the first time the ONS has published fraud & computer misuse figures from the victims’ survey.
The fact that there were almost 6m of these offences is a stark reminder of how crime is changing as criminals become ever more technically capable. As people live more of their lives online, the potential for the internet to be used by criminals to target people increases.