Cost of UK online fraud ‘£670m’

UK losses from online fraud have hit £670m a year, according to this piece in the Guardian today.

Fewer than one-third of victims have reported their losses, according to the survey on which the piece is based, but more than half of those surveyed said that they had suffered from some form of cybercrime in the past.

Don’t be a victim – if you are dealing with someone new that you have only encountered online, you need to check their identity carefully before proceeding – use an online identity check from or for the full picture, get a full Background Report.

Crime is down – if you exclude online crime!

Official crime stats apparently exclude a range of online offences – and if they were included, the crime rate would actually be going up! That’s according to a piece in the FT, which says that crime rates would be 40% higher if these were included.

That just gives you an idea of the scale of online crime and the extent to which crime has migrated online.

When you’re dealing online, make sure that you know who you’re dealing with!

Advice on avoiding fraud online

“Put the person’s name into the internet” is one of the useful pieces of advice that you’ll find in this handy piece on avoiding online fraud on ThisIsMoney.

It’s well worth a read – and if you’re dealing with someone who’s in the UK, save yourself a bit of time by searching for them directly on people search.

Alternatively if you already have an address for someone, you could either get a full Background Report on them or, if you just want to verify their identity, you could try VouchID.

However you’re checking on people, make sure that you don’t get caught out by the fraudsters.


Phishing threats

Protecting ourselves from fraud is the subject of this interesting piece in the Huffington Post.

Online banking fraud is up, and phishing is a big part of dragging people in. Always be very wary of any email asking you for your financial details – the fraudsters can be very sophisticated in putting together official-looking emails and fake websites.

Keep yourself protected – don’t deal with anyone online unless you’re confident you really know who you’re dealing with.

The rising tide of fraud

According to a story on the BBC website, there are not enough qualified police officers to deal with the huge rise in fraud in the UK.

Police records of fraud were up 17% annually, and it’s estimated by academics that there are almost 30 million frauds every year (including the many that go unreported).

Stoking the rise in fraud is cyber-crime – technology is used to fleece the unsuspecting in a variety of ways.

When you’re dealing online, especially with someone you’ve only met online, make sure that you take precautions to protect yourself. And if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

The cost of dating fraud

If you’re scammed on a dating site, expect to part with around £10k!

According to a piece in today’s Telegraph, the AVERAGE amount scammed in more than 600 dating fraud cases in just three months this year was £9,589!

By contrast, the cost of a Background Report on is just £14.99 (plus VAT).

Whatever you do, make sure that you protect yourself.



Online dating fraudsters

A quite worrying story here from the Standard illustrating the extent of the problem with online fraudsters:

If you’ve got any doubts about someone that you’ve met online, do take care to protect yourself. You can always try to find out more about them with a comprehensive Background Report from – it could save you a lot of money and heartache…


Complete 2014 edited Electoral Roll now live!

It’s been a bit of a wait this year to get all of the councils to deliver their electoral roll data, but it has now all been delivered, checked, processed and published on to

There are more than 29 million name and address records published in the 2014 set: some of them completely new people not on the list before, some moving address, some confirmed as still resident where they were.

If you’ve been looking for someone before and not found them, or simply want to ensure that you have the correct addresses for your contacts, it’s now a really good time to get on to to access the latest data.

Use our electoral roll search to check it out!


More 2014 edited Electoral Roll records live!

We’ve received a further update of records from councils for the 2014 edited Electoral Roll, and these are now live and searchable on

This update brings the total number of 2014 edited ER records to more than 18 million!

If you want the latest address information for people in the UK, head for our people search now!

April business data update

This week we have published thousands of new UK business records, and updated thousands more. These updates come from more than one data supplier, so some of them include shopfront photos and some include more details about the businesses.