By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.
Cyber crime in York has increased by nearly 85 per cent in the past year – because it is seen as a wealthy area with “less tech-savvy” residents, according to police.
Assistant chief constable Ciaron Irvine told a meeting that there has been a “significant increase” in scams – particularly fake emails pretending to be from the council, HMRC or TV Licensing.
A report prepared for the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner meeting revealed that reports of cyber crime in York have jumped by 84.8 per cent since 2017.
Mr Irvine said:
- We’re talking about organised criminality that reflects the prosperity of the the local environment and the the the perception of relatively easy pickings in terms of maybe the slightly older population, like the slightly less tech-savvy and vulnerable.
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