Internet fraud victims lost an average of £875 in the past 12 months, according to a safety campaign fronted by the UK government, and sponsored by eBay, Microsoft, HSBC and BT, among others.
The Get Safe Online campaign surveyed some of the UK's 29 million adult internet users. The survey, Internet Safety: The State of the Nation, suggests that 12 percent of web users – which when extrapolated equates to almost 3.5 million people – had experienced online fraud in the past year.
According to the survey, 6 percent of all UK internet users - 1.7 million people - suffered fraud while shopping online. A further 5 percent (1.5 million) experienced 'general online fraud'.
Four percent (1.2 million) suffered bank-account or credit-card fraud as a result of online activity. Some respondents were represented in both groups of victims.
Although the figures are alarming, some of this rise in online fraud can be attributed to a huge spike in UK internet activity.
Internet Safety: The State of the Nation found that 93 percent of internet users go online every day. On average, we each spend £1,044 per year on the web – equivalent to £30bn for the UK online population as a whole.
Get Safe Online provides education for web users, and campaigns for a more secure internet. It's sponsored by the government, BT, eBay, HSBC, Microsoft and internet payment service provider securetrading.