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Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his most recent estimate is of the cost of e-crime to the economy; (287110)

(2) how much money was misappropriated through online fraud in the UK in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

These data are not kept centrally. The Government prosecute crimes on the basis of the offence committed and not the medium used. UK legislation does not distinguish between offences committed online or offline and so there are no estimated costs of e-crime or online fraud as a whole.