Small town Britain’s ‘online crime hotspot’

Shildon in County Durham has been labelled an internet crime hotspot with a higher percentage of fraudulent purchases than anywhere else in the UK.Last year, 24% of all internet purchases there were made using stolen credit card details, according to security company The Third Man.Durham Police say investigations are being hampered because people are told to report fraud to their banks first.South-east London saw the most money lost to fraud in 2008 – about £16m.

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