The number of alleged fraud cases being heard in UK courts in the first half of 2021 has almost doubled compared to the same time in 2020, as UK courts saw a continued recovery in the system following Covid-19 lockdowns. Figures from KPMG UK’s Fraud Barometer, found 151 alleged fraud cases were heard in the…

HMRC has launched 12,828 investigations into the use of the Government’s pandemic-related business support schemes, looking into potential fraud and other non-compliance with rules. Analysis by law firm BLM shows there were 7,384 investigations related to the job retention scheme, 5,020 linked to the self-employment income support scheme and 424 related to Eat Out to…

New research figures from Mazars show that almost 40,000 businesses were struck off the Companies House register in the first three months of the year, a rise of 743% on Q1 2020. Strike-offs from Companies House increased to 39,601 in the first three months of 2021 compared to just 4,695 in the same period in…

Credit reference agency TransUnion has announced that it has launched its enhanced data breach support service for businesses in the UK. The data breach support service will enable an organisation’s customers to access their credit information and also offers specific features to help safeguard their identity. The tools will help businesses protect consumers whose information…

Consumer watchdog Which? says banks should show how many customers are repaid money from accounts lost due to fraud. Most large banks compensate some funds to customers who are defrauded by criminals and publish information on compensation rates as a group, with only Barclays and TSB committing to doing so individually. Which? says Banks must…

Cifas and UK Finance have warned of the increasing number of middle-aged money mules and businesses being recruited to launder money. Traditionally, criminals have focussed on recruiting mostly younger people and students as money mules. However, there are now signs that middle-aged people are being targeted, with the latest data from the National Fraud Database…

City of London police investigated 50% more fraud probes in connection with the Government’s Bounce Back Loan scheme (BBLs) in February than the month before according to new research by RPC. The international law firm found that Bounce Back Loan fraud investigations increased from 17 in January 2021 to 26 and 28 in February and…

The Government has announced that internet laws, as part of the draft Online Safety Bill, will include measures to tackle user-generated fraud. The proposed change will mean online companies will, for the first time, have to take responsibility for tackling fraudulent user-generated content, such as posts on social media, on their platforms. This includes romance…

Cybercrime and online fraud have risen sharply over the past year, with criminals exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic. Research by BAE Systems showed that three quarters of financial services firms have experienced an increase in digital crime since the pandemic began in March 2020, including coronavirus-related fraud and phishing or ransomware attacks.  The research indicates that…

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