Cases of fraud have jumped by more than 40% in a year with the rise attributed to an increase in online and phone scams, the Central Statistics Office has said.

The statistics show there were 11,253 instances of ‘fraud, deception and related offences’ across the country in the 12 months up to this June. This is up by 3,248 on the previous 12 months CSO statistician Sam Scriven said of the figures: ‘The increase has occurred mostly in Q1 and Q2 of 2021 and primarily relates to fraudulent attempts to obtain personal or banking information online or by phone as well as fraudulent use of credit and debit card information.’

The next highest increase in reported crimes was for sexual offences, which grew by 7.5% in the year to the end of June.

Cases of fraud have jumped by more than 40% in a year with the rise attributed to an increase in online and phone scams, the Central Statistics Office has said. Pic: Getty Images

In total, 3,241 incidents were reported, an increase of 227.

However, the CSO said that the impact of the cancelling of 999 calls on crime statistics is still to be determined because they were not recorded on the Garda Pulse system.

Mr Scriven said: ‘An internal An Garda Síochána investigation into the inappropriate cancellation of calls on its Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system is ongoing. The premature or improper cancellation of calls on the CAD system may mean that records relating to crimes, which were reported to An Garda Síochána,…

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