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Financial Crimes (574A/21)

Request

1) I would like to know how many financial crimes were reported to your force within the year starting 1st March 2019 and the year starting 1st March 2020.

2) If possible, please break the number of reports down by month and also type of crime, for example, online fraud, courier fraud etc.

3) If it does not exceed the cost limit, I would be grateful if you could tell me the number of people charged in each category.

Response

Please find data for questions 1 & 2 attached.

However, we are unable to provide data for question 3. When a dissemination from Action Fraud reaches WMP, we do not record the category type identified by Action Fraud. Therefore, we cannot give the breakdown by category.

In addition, you may wish to visit the following links to Action Fraud for further information:

Action Fraud Data Dashboard

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Attachments

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