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Have consumer attitudes to first party fraud evolved?

First party fraud has long been a problem throughout the UK – and it continues to rise. According to the latest data commissioned by Cifas, 1 in 8 (12%) UK people admit to committing fraudulent conduct in the last 12 months.

That figure has consistently increased since 2022 (10%) and 2021 (8%). 

In September 2023, Cifas and Opinion Matters polled 2,000 UK people to find out their attitudes towards this type of fraud. Did they think reclaiming money for a lost bet was reasonable? Was selling a car on finance privately and continuing to make repayments considered illegal? And had people lied on their CVs to inflate their qualifications?

Discover what the most ‘common’ types of first party fraud were, what people felt were the most ‘reasonable’ fraudulent acts to commit and which scenarios people felt were not illegal.

Headline release: 1 in 8 adults admit to commiting fraud in the last 12 months

A survey carried out by Cifas, the UK's leading fraud prevention service, has revealed that 1 in 8 (12%) UK adults have committed one or more first party frauds in the last 12 months. 

As covered in The Observer >

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1 in 6 UK adults have exaggerated earnings to secure a mortgage

Research carried out by Cifas has revealed that 1 in 6 (16%) UK adults have admitted that they, or someone they know, have misled mortgage companies about their annual salary in order to purchase their dream home.

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Single Person Discount fraud increases as 1 in 5 admit to dishonest claims

According to recent research carried out by Cifas, 1 in 5 (21%) individuals revealed they, or someone they knew, had fraudulently claimed the discount in the last 12 months – an increase from 19% in 2022.

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"We need to change the public's attitude to fraud so that it is no longer seen as acceptable, nor a victimless crime."

Mike Haley, CEO, Cifas


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