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But nearly one in six admit they wouldn’t bother reporting such fraudulent activity – while almost half wouldn’t know how to do so

Seven in ten Brits don’t fully understand what white-collar crime entails(Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

Nearly a third of Brits (31%) feel there has been a rise in white-collar crime in the last 12 months – but 14% wouldn’t bother to report any fraudulent activity to the police, research has found.

A survey of 2,000 adults found that three-quarters (74%) have been targeted by scam emails, while 68% have received scam phone calls or scam texts (57%).

But 69% admit they don’t fully understand what exactly a white-collar crime entails – and when it comes to reporting such incidents, nearly half (44%) wouldn’t know how to do so, or who to pass the information to.

And 59% believe that, even if they were to report an instance of white-collar crime to the police or relevant body, nothing would be done about it.

Over two-thirds of Brits have received scam phone calls, while 57% are targeted by scam texts(Calvin Chan Wai Meng/Getty Images)

A spokesman for software company Medius, which commissioned the research, said: “The judicial system isn’t set up to deal with fraud, and for businesses there is huge amounts of money at stake.

“The best way to tackle white-collar crime is through prevention.

“For business owners, ensuring staff are trained up to spot fraudulent activity can be worth its weight in gold, and save huge headaches.”

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