Fraud loss value in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018, by type

This statistic illustrates the annual value of cheque fraud losses in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, by type of fraud. Cheque fraud losses includes counterfeit, forged and fraudulently altered cheques. Annually the amount lost due to cheque fraud has fallen, coinciding with a fall in payments made using cheques. In 2018 counterfeit cheque fraud amounted to the highest loss with 15.9 million British pounds.

Value of cheque fraud losses in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, by fraud type

Value in million GBP
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Release date

March 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

The source adds additional information: "There are three types of cheque fraud: counterfeit, forged and fraudulently altered checks. Counterfeit cheques are printed on non-bank paper to look exactly like genuine checks. 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 the source here.

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