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What happens to a person who commits fraud?

Fraud is a serious offence in Scotland, encompassing a wide range of deceptive activities that aim to obtain financial or other benefits through dishonest means. In this article, we will delve into the legal aspects surrounding fraud in Scotland, exploring the investigative process, the role of the procurator fiscal, court proceedings, and the potential consequences for those found guilty of committing fraud.
 
If you are under investigation for Fraud, it is crucial you reach out to a solicitor as soon as possible.  For further help and advice contact our team.

 

Reporting and Investigation of a Crime

When a crime is reported, the initial investigation is conducted by the police or other reporting agencies. If sufficient evidence is found, a report may be submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) for further consideration. The procurator fiscal, a prosecution lawyer working for COPFS, then assesses the evidence to determine the appropriate course of action in the public interest.

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Scotland experiences increase in cybercrime

There has been a 57 per cent rise in the number of ‘account takeover’ cases this year; where digital scammers have used emails, smartphone apps and texts to obtain personal data and take over people’s credit card accounts. The research, which was conducted by KPMG in their latest Fraud Barometer, also noted an increase in the number of fraud cases where the commercialisation of internet crimes has been a factor, with criminals advertising their services on the ‘dark web’.

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Annual Cost of Fraud Reaches £190 Billion

Fraud is now the UK’s most common criminal offence and costs the UK as much as £190 billion a year, or around £7,200 per household, a new study has found.

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