Statistics from Cifas a non-profit fraud prevention service has shown that nearly 2,000 people were victims of fraud in Mid-Scotland and Fife last year.
The Scottish Parliament constituency of Perthshire South and Kinross-shire was the worst hit for this type of crime with over 243 instances recorded by the organisation.
Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, believes that these statistics are just the tip of the iceberg and underline how prevalent identity fraud and online fraud has become.
Cifas lists six different categories of fraud with identity fraud and application fraud coming a close second.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;
“More and more people are falling victim to online and telephone scammers and these helpful statistics from Cifas show just how prevalent these crimes are.
“It’s important that people remain vigilant to telephone and internet scammers as the number of criminals targeting online access to sensitive material is rocketing.
“To have nearly 2,000 people across Perth and Kinross, Fife, Stirling and Clackmannanshire succumb to the scammers is concerning and the Scottish Government must do more to help people stay safe online.
“Statistics show that older and vulnerable people are more likely to be caught out by these types of crimes and it’s important that we spread good practice for staying safe online.”