This is the most widespread internet and email scam today. "Phishing" is where digital thieves lure you into divulging your password info through convincing emails and web pages.
These phishing emails and web pages resemble legitimate credit authorities like Citibank, e Bay, or Pay Pal.
This type of fraud was more commonly reported in areas with an older population, Which? Dyfed-Powys was also a hotspot for reported fake services fraud.
This is where victims are conned into paying an upfront fee for services that did not exist, such as falsely offering to make a PPI claim.
There were 216 reported frauds per 100,000 people, compared with 169 nationally.
The rankings showed London is a hotspot for various reported scams, including being charged fees for fake loans, social media or email hacking, scam door-to-door sales, fraud involving false or stolen goods and ticket fraud.
Residents in Northamptonshire were most likely to report being hit by online shopping and auction scams, reporting that a product sold online did not exist, arrive or match its description.
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They frighten or entice you into visiting a phony web page and entering your ID and password.
Commonly, the guise is an urgent need to "confirm your identity".