​FOI Ref: FOI/2022/4115

You asked

We are currently doing research about the trend of cybercrimes in UK, we found the "NFIB Fraud and Cyber Crime Dashboard" on your website, and we think it will be very helpful to our current research.

However, we find the data covers only the latest 13 months, and the historical data seems not available. We would like to ask if there is any way to obtain the historical data so that we can compare it with last few years.

We said

Thank you for your request.

We are not responsible for producing the 'NFIB Fraud and Cyber Crime Dashboard'.

If you would like further information specifically relating to the 'NFIB Fraud and Cyber Crime Dashboard' we suggest contacting the Action Fraud directly to see if they can help you with your query - https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/contact-us

We do, however, publish figures on the levels and trends of Cyber Crime in England and Wales based on two sources of data. The first is estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. The second is incidents referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) by Action Fraud (the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre) as well as two industry bodies, Cifas and UK Finance, which are published alongside estimates from the CSEW in our quarterly bulletins.  

Appendix tables A4 and A5 present incidents of fraud and computer misuse offences recorded by Action Fraud or referred to the NFIB. A4 shows the time series of fraud and computer misuse incidents from year April 2011 to March 2012 and January 2021 to December 2021. A5 presents a detailed breakdown of the number of fraud and computer misuse offences and percentage change by offence type for the year ending December 2020 and year ending December 2021.

You may also find estimates of fraud and computer misuse from the CSEW helpful. Appendix table A2 presents the number of incidents and number of victims of fraud and computer misuse, for adults aged 18 and over, for the year ending Dec 2021. These estimates are produced from the Telephone-Operated Crime Survey for England and Wales (TCSEW) which was set up during the coronavirus pandemic in response to the suspension of face-to-face interviewing. These estimates reflect the current extent of crime but are not directly comparable with the CSEW estimates because of changes to the TCSEW sample and questionnaire. Appendix table A3 presents our best estimate of percentage changes between January 2021 to December 2021 TCSEW and year ending December 2019 CSEW with the use of comparable subsets of survey data.