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Fraud

As information about fraud and deception-related crime is not collected by the ABS, this section presents data extracted from information published by state and territory police agencies. The classifications of fraud and deception-related offences include cheque and credit card fraud, fraudulent trade practices, social security fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, bribery and other deception offences. Precise definitions may vary by state.

Police record fraud offences by financial year. Fraud is believed to be one of the most under-reported offences, with fewer than 50 percent of incidents being reported to police or other authorities.

Reported fraud offences from 1995–96 to 2006–07 (number)
1995–96 91,495
1996–97 101,256
1997–98 109,404
1998–99 112,209
1999–00 112,264
2000–01 106,141
2001–02 109,080
2002–03 108,940
2003–04 102,863
2004–05 89,198
2005–06 101,222
2006–07 95,606
  • The trend in fraud reported to and recorded by police annually over the 12-year period has been relatively stable. The number of fraud offences in 2006–07 was the third lowest since 1995–96.

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