Fraud cases rise as more shop online

FRAUD offences are on the rise with Liverpool recording a 26.6 per cent increase in the last 24 months, according to a Bureau of Crime Statistics report.

Detective Inspector Daniel Doherty, Liverpool command's crime manager, said the fraud charges were mainly centred around failure to pay for petrol, which fell under a fraud or deception charge.

"Liverpool local area command encourages petrol station operators to report all drive-offs so we can investigate them," he said.

"We have a reasonable success rate for prosecution, considering the very limited information that is often available."

Inspector Doherty said the significant increase in fraud-related crime was also attributed to rising online scams.

"Identity theft has become increasingly prevalent . . . whereby a person's particulars are attained," he said.

"More and more people are going online to do their shopping or banking and if your information is not protected, you could become an easy target for scammers."

Inspector Doherty said anyone targeted by scammers should report the incident to police so a pattern could be identified.

He said people affected by fraud should not expect a quick resolution, because most cyber crime occurred on a global level.

The crime report also recorded a 31.2 per cent drop in indecent assault and other sexual offences, as well a 16.2 per cent decrease in alcohol fuelled assault.

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