UK victims of cyber crime lost more than £190,000 a day, according to the latest Police stats. More than a third of these victims had their social media or email accounts hacked. Action Fraud said some 13,357 people reported a cyber crime in the past six months.
It said £34.6m was reported to be stolen from victims between April and September 2018, a 24% increase on the previous six months.
The City of London Police, which runs Action Fraud, has warned people to keep separate passwords for online accounts.
Commander Karen Baxter said cyber criminals were targeting people’s social media accounts “in a bid to make money and steal personal details”, adding it could leave victims “at risk of identity theft”.
Action Fraud is the reporting centre for people scammed, defrauded or who experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.