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Is it okay to commit fraud?

Cases of fraudulent conduct by first-parties increased by 18% in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. More than seven out of these instances involved the misuse of bank accounts, but also includes false applications for finance, selling a financed vehicle and submitting a false insurance claim.

In October 2021, Cifas polled 2,000 adults in the UK to find out how they felt about committing fraud. In this study, we presented ten common scenarios of people engaging in fraudulent behaviour. We asked participants how ‘reasonable’ they thought the activity was, if they thought it was illegal and whether they, or someone they know, had been involved in this activity in the last 12 months. Discover what our research revealed in the following releases.

Headline release: Is it okay to commit fraud? 15 December 2021

1 in 13 Brits admit to committing at least one form of first-party fraud in the last year, with those 16-34 the most likely to do so.

As covered in The Independent >

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Latest release: Lying about qualifications on a CV
8 March 2022

1 in 12 people admit to having lied on a CV, rising to 1 in 6 of those aged 24 and under.

As covered in HR News >

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Falsely claiming Single Person Discount
24 February 2022

1 in 10 people know someone falsely claiming a Single Person Discount on their Council Tax bill, rising to almost 1 in 6 in London.

As covered on >

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Fraudulent returns when shopping online
28 December 2021

Between 2018 and 2020, there were over 42,500 instances of online retail accounts misused, including fraudulent refunds, as 1 in 3 don’t recognise the illegality of this action.

As covered in Retail Voices >

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