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Crime: Computers

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many phishing incidents were (a) reported to and (b) investigated by police forces in each of the last five years. (220716)

The Home Office does not keep of record of this information. However, figures from the Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) show that while the number of phishing attacks has increased, the overall losses are falling.

Phishing is an attempt to commit fraud and is therefore recorded as such. The public are encouraged to report phishing e-mail attacks to their bank by going to the website

banksafeonline.org