An estimated five million incidents of fraud occurred last year, making up 40 per cent of all crime

SCAMMERS are behind more than a third of all crime, figures suggest.

An estimated five million incidents of fraud took place in the year to June — up 32 per cent year-on-year.

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UK Finance called the rise in fraud a ‘national security threat’Credit: Getty

That accounted for 39.4 per cent of the 12.7million recorded crimes, an Office for National Statistics report shows.

Phone fraud rose by 82 per cent while online shopping scams were up by a third, according to Labour’s analysis of official figures.

It came as Cabinet Minister Steve Barclay warned Black Friday shoppers of fraudsters. He said: “This new wave of criminals will stop at nothing to steal our hard-earned cash.”

Some 4,000 online shops have seen payment pages tampered with to nick money.

And the National Cyber Security Centre has taken down 700,000 phishing campaigns in the last year alone.

UK Finance called the rise in fraud a “national security threat”. Shadow Security Minister Connor McGinn said government inaction was “putting the public at risk”.

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