Online Fraud (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2431
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

MPS figures show that the number of reports of online fraud in London (with an MPS victim) was 85,412 last year. What action is the MPS able to take to close down websites that are involved in online fraud?

Answer

Answer for Online Fraud (1)

Answer for Online Fraud (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A large proportion of the reports for online fraud will be committed through legitimate websites that unwittingly enable criminals to commit fraud. Therefore it is not always proportionate to close the websites down but is more appropriate to work with them to improve their resilience against such behaviour, which the MPS Falcon Fraud Prevention Team are constantly doing.

Where information is received that a website is committing fraud the MPS Falcon Fraud Prevention Team will conduct research to confirm that the website is fraudulent or was created to commit fraud. One way the MPS do this is by looking at who has registered the website. Where the owner of the website has concealed their ID we contact the website registrar or registry and work with them to investigate who has set up the website. If all parties are satisfied that the website's intention is to commit fraud the website can be taken down almost immediately. The MPS welcome reports of fraudulent websites to conduct these actions in order to prevent further fraud.