The West Midlands police area experienced the third highest level of bank account fraud in the UK between April last year and the end of March.
MoneyTransfers.com analyzed the latest data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau on 44 police / constabulants to determine which areas of the UK were most affected by check, plastic card and online bank account fraud.
Metropolitan Police had the most cases with 4,224, followed by Greater Manchester Police with 1,332.
The 1,265 victims of the crime in the West Midlands suffered a collective financial loss of Â£ 10.3million – an average of Â£ 8,142 for each case.
For West Mercia Police it was 320 (Â£ 1.8million) and Staffordshire Police 426 (Â£ 1.1million).
Overall, out of 44 UK police forces, there have been 25,717 cases of check, plastic card and online bank account fraud, with the total financial loss suffered by the victims being Â£ 161.2million .
Dyfed-Powys police reported 146 cases of fraud. Despite a small amount of incidents, the accumulated financial loss was Â£ 558,100.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster said: âUnfortunately fraud affects all communities in the UK and the West Midlands are no exception.
âWe live in a large, densely populated urban area, so it follows that more people are affected by this type of crime than in rural areas.
âI intend to work closely with the force to see what more can be done to combat these scams and bring violators to justice.
“I also urge people to remain vigilant and report to the police any scams that they know of.”
Police advice is to use trusted numbers to contact banks. If a bank calls you in blue, confirm the contact details of the person speaking and call the trusted number using another phone. A police officer or bank official would never ask you for your PIN, passwords, or online banking connection.
A police officer or bank agent will never ask you to withdraw or transfer money to an investigation, fraud team, secure account, or subsequent collection. And always verify that the goods are genuine by seeing them in person before making a bank transfer, especially if it is high purchase goods.