Small town 'online crime hotspot' 英国小镇成为“在线犯罪热点
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Shildon in County Durham has been labelled an internet crime hotspot with a higher percentage of fraudulent purchases than anywhere else in the UK.


Last year, 24% of all internet purchases there were made using stolen credit card details, according to security company The Third Man.

Durham Police say investigations1 are being hampered2(阻碍,困累) because people are told to report fraud to their banks first.

South-east London saw the most money lost to fraud in 2008 - about £16m.

In total, The Third Man, which represents 20% of UK companies operating online, estimates that online fraudsters stole half a billion pounds-worth of goods last year.


The Third Man has produced a map showing the prevalence(传播,流行) of online fraud by postcode across the UK.

Shildon, in the DL area, is a former industrial town with a population of 10,000, and police believe that just one or two people may be responsible for the crime wave.

Det Inspector3 Geoff Smith, from Durham Police, said: "We had a lady not far from here [Shildon] that was duped into receiving a lot of stolen goods - vanloads of camcorders(摄影放像机), digital cameras.

"She had to send them off to criminals in Nigeria, so I'm not surprised by today's figures."

Police cite televisions and laptop computers as the most commonly stolen items, but the BBC's Fiona Trott said beds were also a favourite target.

Experts believe many fraudsters come to the UK from abroad and a bed is the first thing they need when they arrive, our correspondent said.

Many other fraud hotspots are in postcodes with big cities, including Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester.

Andrew Goodwill4, from The Third Man, said more must be done to tackle the issue.

"The problem's been getting worse year on year and there's a lack of policing, mainly because it's a difficult crime to investigate."


1 investigations 02de25420938593f7db7bd4052010b32     
(正式的)调查( investigation的名词复数 ); 侦查; 科学研究; 学术研究
  • His investigations were intensive and thorough but revealed nothing. 他进行了深入彻底的调查,但没有发现什么。
  • He often sent them out to make investigations. 他常常派他们出去作调查。
2 hampered 3c5fb339e8465f0b89285ad0a790a834     
妨碍,束缚,限制( hamper的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The search was hampered by appalling weather conditions. 恶劣的天气妨碍了搜寻工作。
  • So thought every harassed, hampered, respectable boy in St. Petersburg. 圣彼德堡镇的那些受折磨、受拘束的体面孩子们个个都是这么想的。
3 inspector q6kxH     
  • The inspector was interested in everything pertaining to the school.视察员对有关学校的一切都感兴趣。
  • The inspector was shining a flashlight onto the tickets.查票员打着手电筒查看车票。
4 goodwill 4fuxm     
  • His heart is full of goodwill to all men.他心里对所有人都充满着爱心。
  • We paid £10,000 for the shop,and £2000 for its goodwill.我们用一万英镑买下了这家商店,两千英镑买下了它的信誉。