internet and phone frauds

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0954
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

As it becomes increasingly clear that internet and phone frauds are costing the public huge sums each year, can you explain why fraud is not included in MOPAC's targets for crime reduction?

Answer

Answer for internet and phone frauds

Answer for internet and phone frauds

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Tackling internet and phone fraud is central to my Business Crime Strategy. These are both significantly under-reported and as you will be aware, it is not appropriate to set reduction targets where the aim is to both drive down crime and drive up reporting.

MOPAC started working on the issue of fraud and internet crime in July last year through its Business Crime Strategy, particularly with respect to SMEs.

It is clear that the nature of crime is changing in step with developments in the internet.

Technological changes have also presented new opportunities for criminals to exploit, for example the number and demographics of people using the internet, and changing work patterns with more mobile working and greater electronic communication in our day to day lives.