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Comparisons made between estimates in this release and the annual Internet access – households and individuals publication should be undertaken with caution.
The Internet Access – Households and Individuals 2015 statistical bulletin provides more information on the range of activities carried out on the internet but the estimates are derived from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, which has a much smaller sample size than the LFS from which Internet users is derived.
The figures reveal that online dating fraud in the UK is on the rise, with a 33% increase in fraud cases in 2014* compared to 2013** and costing the UK public £34 million compared to £24.5 million in the previous year.
There is also a significant rise in reported fraud cases from April 2014 to May 2014, suggesting that in the blissful wake of Valentine’s Day people may become more susceptible to romance scams, letting their heart rule their head.
This release is the first to identify estimates on an annual basis; previous releases have included all quarters for each year.
The estimates included in the release are from the survey period January to March in each year equivalent to estimates shown for Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) in the 2015 release.
Please note: Action Fraud is not responsible for the content on external websites.If you are a victim of fraud you can call Action Fraud on 03 or use our online fraud reporting tool and receive a police crime reference number.