To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they record the number of reported crimes relating to international property rental scams carried out over the internet; and, if so, how many have been reported in each of the past five years in (a) London, and (b) the United Kingdom. [HL5044]
In terms of police recorded crime statistics collected by the Home Office, it would be the jurisdiction of the country where the rental property is located which would record the offences and thus no crime would be recorded in England and Wales. Currently, internet perpetrated fraud of this type is not a separate collection and thus there are no available statistics.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how statistics relating to the number of online scams, in particular international property rental scams carried out over the internet, reported to local police stations are collated to support a single or co-ordinated response to such crimes by specialist officers. [HL5046]