Credit card fraud concentrated in London

By UK CreditCards.com

Credit card crime hotspots revealed

The regions where residents are most at risk of falling victim to credit card crime have been revealed.

According to fraud prevention service CIFAS, people living in the south of England are facing generally higher risks of becoming entangled in a scam.

For ID theft, where fraudsters steal personal details from victims in order to gain access to credit card accounts, London, the Thames Valley and West Mercia made up the top three "hot spots."

Meanwhile, for "facility takeover" fraud, involving the remote hijacking of accounts, Hertfordshire, London and Surrey came top.

Commenting on the report, David Clarke, detective superintendent at City of London Police, said: "The City of London Police welcome this report from CIFAS, which illustrates the seriousness of the situation with account takeovers and impersonation.

"The Force's Fraud Review project team is working closely with CIFAS and other holders of fraud victim and offence data with a view to putting crime data such as these into the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau where they can be analysed and assessed and used to help fight fraud," says Clarke.

Peter Hurst, chief executive of CIFAS, added: "CIFAS members and the police have viewed the rise in impersonations and account takeovers with concern and these figures help to highlight the areas with the highest number of victims."ADNFCR-2308-ID-19280949-ADNFCR

Published: 27 July 2009