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Fraud numbers increase in the UK

The UK's National Fraud Reporting Centre has today revealed that upwards of 15,000 people contacted the centre in the first six months of 2010 to report that they had been victims of fraud. While this in itself is a very distressing number the fact is that the 15,000 reported victims are literally just the tip of the iceberg. This comes at a time when fraud in the UK has increased remarkably due to the recession and the need to make household budgets stretch further and further. So how can you protect yourself from fraud?

The problem with fraud is the fact that there are so many different routes into your emotions, your personal life and ultimately into your bank account. The Internet is actually placing everybody in the UK in a shop window where they can be viewed and monitored by anybody around the world. Online fraud has shown massive growth over last few years, and is indeed set to grow for some time to come, although there are some very simple precautions which you can take.

Always ensure that your online security software is up-to-date, never reply to unsolicited e-mails and never give out your bank account details or other personal information which the fraudsters can use.

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