Battle with fraudsters being lost
A ‘SHOCKINGLY low’ number of fraud reports are being successfully cleared up, Which? claims.
The consumer group said its analysis of available figures found that more than 96 per cent of crimes reported to UK body Action Fraud are closed without a successful outcome.
Which? said its findings suggest a “losing battle” is being fought against this crime.
Those representing police and the finance industry said a strong focus is put on preventing fraud happening in the first place as well as solving cases.
Some crimes reported to Action Fraud may end up being passed on to a local police force for investigation, typically one where the suspect lives.
Which? also submitted freedom of information (FOI) requests to 43 police forces across the UK, asking them to provide data on fraud investigations.
Of those that responded, 29 out of 30 had seen their performance slip between 2014 and 2016, the consumer group said.