FOI REF: FOI-2023-1532

You asked

What is the recorded financial loss to UK for the years of 2020, 2021, 2022 and the first quarter of 2023 from specifically authorised payment fraud and scams?

We said

Thank you for your request.

Unfortunately, we do not hold the data that you have requested. We produce statistics from two main sources, the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and Police Recorded Crime (PRC). 

We have published CSEW data on the financial loss suffered by victims of fraud in the Nature of crime: fraud and computer misuse tables. You can find this data in Tables 8, 9a-9c, and 10a-b for the year ending March 2022, and Tables 8a-8c for the year ending March 2021 and the year ending March 2020. Please note that the CSEW is a sample victimisation survey of adults living in households across England and Wales, so this is data on individuals' financial losses and not the United Kingdom as whole. 

There is also data on fraud in the Crime in England and Wales appendix tables, which present the number of fraud and computer misuse offences recorded by Action Fraud or referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) (Table A5). These figures are also presented by police force area in our Crime in England and Wales police force area tables (Table P9) and broken down by quarterly and monthly time periods in our Crime in England and Wales quarterly data tables.

Fraud offences reported to the police are recorded and collected by the NFIB from Action Fraud and two industry bodies: Cifas and UK Finance. This data is supplied to us by the Home Office who may be able to assist you further and can be contacted at

Action Fraud may also be able to help you with your enquiry. They can be contacted via the following link: Action Fraud: Contact us. Please see the following link for further information about the data held by the NFIB: Action Fraud: Statistics.

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