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We're the tops for...card fraud

PUBLISHED: 11:30 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 August 2010

CREDIT card fraud research has placed the borough in the top 10 hotspots in the country.

CREDIT card fraud research has placed the borough in the top 10 hotspots in the country.

London remains number one for the crime according to research, from The 3rd Man, that looked in to over 30 million 'good' and 'bad' transactions.

Dartford postcodes are number 10 on the list that also includes Romford, Manchester, Ilford, Coventry and Nottingham as top targets for fraudsters.

The study, thought to be the most comprehensive in the UK, found that 1,400 of its 229,914 card transactions in Dartford proved to be fraudulent.

Postcode DA8 in Erith topped the pile with 630 examples of card fraud among its 16,048 transactions and postcodes in Crayford (DA1), Northfleet (DA11), Belvedere (DA17) and Abbey Wood (DA18) were particularly bad.

South-east London, particularly Thamesmead (SE28) and Plumstead (SE18), is notorious as the area with the most fraudulent activity in the UK, according to the fraud screening company.

Andrew Goodwill, fraud expert and director at the 3rd Man Group, said: "Investigations like these continue to show that card crime is a major and growing threat to consumers and retailers. By pooling and sharing online retailers' transaction data and their fraud experiences, we can see exactly how that trend is changing and continuing to grow. Fraudsters simply don't give up."

Investigations were carried out for transactions in the six months to June 2008, in conjunction with 192 business.com.

The report also claimed that for every fraud that is reported, a further eight attempted frauds are unreported and ignored by both law enforcement and the banks.

David Pope, director of 192business.com, said: "The fact is that card fraud, despite its enormous costs to business and the economy, is not taken as seriously as it should be."

He added: "Until Government devotes more resource for each and every police force to tackle card fraud and gives each and every police force targets for card fraud arrests and prosecutions, then fraudsters will see card fraud as easy pickings."

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee are currently debating plans to change the way card crime is reported.

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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