Friday, 30 June 2017

Online fraud overlooked by government, says watchdog

Online fraud has been "overlooked" by the government, police and business, according to public spending watchdog the National Audit Office.

The growing problem needs "an urgent response" coordinated by the Home Office, NAO head Sir Amyas Morse said.

Almost two million cyber-related fraud incidents were estimated to have taken place last year, it added.

The Home Office said government, the police and industry were working together to tackle the problem.

Sir Amyas said the Home Office, while not solely responsible for tackling the issue, was the only organisation that could oversee the system and lead change.
The Home Office's Joint Fraud Taskforce, which was launched in February 2016, was a positive step "but there is still much work to be done", he said.

"At this stage it is hard to judge that the response to online fraud is proportionate, efficient or effective."

BBC    News.

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