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|2 Jun 2020, 12:35 p.m.||Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)||Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)|
Question to the Home Office
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the prevalence of online crime during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)
While it is yet too early to identify any trend in online crime since the outbreak of Covid-19 the Government and law enforcement colleagues are working tirelessly to identify and disrupt those seeking to use online platforms to commit these crimes.
Criminals are looking to take advantage; Covid-19-related fraud and cybercrimes now represent 2.7% of all reported fraud to Action Fraud. Operational partners, the National Crime Agency, the National Cyber Security Centre and City of London Police, have thwarted over 2,000 scams in April alone.
The Government is committed to preventing criminals from profiting from covid-19 and ensuring that the public and business can protect themselves.