As the BBC reports today, for the first time fraud questions have been added to the ONS' official Crime Survey for England and Wales, with one in 10 adults affected, highlighting just how much fraud, especially computer-related fraud, is out there.

It shows too, that while we may be less prone to violent crimes, such as muggings or robberies, fraud affects us all and in great numbers. 

As Jason Peto, 360Globalnet's fraud expert points out, "What's more, it's well known that detection rates are a fraction of 'actual' events, so it's safe to assume there's a hell of a lot more fraud taking place, than we know about.

"A report last year from the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies estimated £98.6 bn was lost to fraud and mistakes in the UK and 2.78 trillion globally.  

"This means the cost to every adult, over 16 years in the UK, is £252 per annum."

It's a sobering thought when you consider that this cost is only being guessed at, given that it's based on what we can see and detect, rather than the real picture that, for a myriad of reasons, can't be seen.