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House of Commons Committee launches public survey on fraud

24 November 2023

The Home Affairs Committee is inviting members of the public to take part in a survey to inform its inquiry into fraud. The cross-party committee of MPs wants to find out more about the different types of fraud that people are experiencing in the UK. They also want to hear about the impact this has had and what support people have received. 

Fraud is the most common form of crime in England and Wales, accounting for 40% of reported offences and costing UK households over £1 billion every year. It can take many forms including phishing scams, identity theft and romance fraud. Fraud increasing takes place using digital technologies and online platforms; and perpetrators can often be based outside the UK making detection and protection more difficult. 

The quick-to-complete survey consists of multiple choice questions, with the option for people to provide more information if they would like to. Everyone is welcome to take part, but they should note that the Committee is unable to take action on individual cases.  

Chair comment

Launching the survey, Dame Diana Johnson said: 

“Fraud is the most common form of crime in this country with over 3 million cases recorded every year, and probably millions more going unreported. But behind these figures are individual victims of all ages and backgrounds, many of whom will have suffered h long-lasting financial and emotional consequences. 

“We have launched this survey to find out what types of fraud people experience in the UK. The information you give us will help us understand how well current fraud strategies are working. It will also help us to learn what gaps there may be in the support that victims of fraud receive, and to identify where improvements can be made.” 

Where to get help

We understand that the issues raised in this work may be sensitive or upsetting. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this inquiry, you may wish to contact your GP, local MP or the following organisations:  

Reporting fraud and cyber crime | Action Fraud  Call 0300 123 2040 Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm. Action Fraud will guide you through simple questions to identify what has happened and their advisors are available twenty four hours to give you help and advice if you need it. 

Report a scam - Citizens Advice  Support and advice on reporting fraud.  

Samaritans Support and guidance for everyone.  Call: 116 123 - 24 hours a day, every day or Email

Further information

Image credit: Elspeth Keep/UK Parliament