Cyber fraud

MQT on 2018-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2018
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Evening Standard has reported that Londoners fall victim to 3,500 cyber fraud attacks a month. What are you doing to detect and combat these crimes?


Answer for Cyber fraud

Answer for Cyber fraud

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Fraud and cybercrime, as defined by Home Office Counting Rules, are reported through Action Fraud; these rules require a crime of this type to be allocated to the force where the suspect and line of enquiry is believed to be based.


As a result, a proportion of fraud and cyber crime cases affecting London resident are actually investigated by forces other than the MPS.


For its own cases and where a suspect lead is London-based, the MPS' Falcon team make an assessment of vulnerability, volume and value. This generates charging options, but also the really important protective advice that can forewarn other members of the public about certain scams.