UK cheque: annual fraud losses in 2003-2020

Value of annual cheque fraud losses in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2003 to 2020

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Release date

March 2021


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2003 to 2020

Supplementary notes

The source adds additional information: "There are three types of cheque fraud: counterfeit, forged and fraudulently altered cheques. Counterfeit cheques are printed on non-bank paper to look exactly like genuine cheque. Forged cheques are genuine cheques that have been stolen from an innocent customer and used with a forged signature. A fraudulently altered cheque is a genuine cheque that has been made out by the genuine customer but a fraudster has altered it before payment i.e. by changing the name of beneficiary or the amount."
Data for earlier months are published also by UK Cards Association here.

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