Banking fraud victims in West Midlands lost £10.3m in 2020-2021

There were 1,265 cases of cheque, plastic card and online bank account fraud in the West Midlands Police force area in the 12 months from April last year to the end of March. has analysed the latest data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau on 44 police forces/constabularies to establish which areas of the UK have experienced the most fraud.

Metropolitan Police had the highest number at 4,224 reports, the equivalent of 12 incidents per day in the capital. The accumulative financial loss victims incurred was £32.3 million. Greater Manchester was second at 1,332 and £13.5m with West Midlands Police third with financial loss of £10.3m – £8,142 on average.

Overall, from 44 police forces in UK, there were 25,717 cases of cheque, plastic card, and online bank account fraud with the total loss £161.2m – £6,269 per case.

In the West Midlands September with 133 cases was the worst month with April 2020 seeing the least number at 87.

Staffordshire Police had 426 cases – £1.1m in total – and West Mercia saw 320 - £1.8m.

In 44th position was Cleveland Police, who had only 124 cases, with Dyfed-Powys Police in 43rs.

The Welsh police force reported 146 occurrences of cheque, plastic card, and online bank account fraud. Despite having a low sum of incidents, the amassed financial loss the 146 victims experienced was still £558,100.

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