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Fraud Barometer

Fraud Barometer

The latest fraud trends and patterns affecting the UK economy.

The latest fraud trends and patterns affecting the UK economy.

Fraud volumes dropped significantly as many court operations close due to COVID-19

August 2020 results

Our latest results from the KPMG Fraud Barometer have just been published. The Fraud Barometer has been tracking fraud trends since the 1980s and analysis of cases has continually identified trends in the types of fraud that have dominated courts. The bi-annual Barometer identifies the latest fraud trends and patterns affecting the UK economy which helps businesses remain alert to new threats and respond to any fraud risks in an appropriate and proactive manner.

Key highlights from the release covering January to June 2020:

  • Crisis has hit courts with fraud by volume decreased from 217 cases to only 76
  • Fraud value reaches £460 million, although trend points to a decline in value
  • Government and financial institutions were the hardest hit
  • Embezzlement cases were the most common form of fraudulent activity

 

Request a copy of our 30 year report. This report, released in 2017, looks back at the key macro-trends to have emerged since we first started collecting data in 1987. It looks back at how the fraud landscape has changed over the last three decades, and considers what the future fight against fraud may look like. 

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