According to the attorney general Lord Goldsmith QC: "Modern technology allows fraudsters to commit bigger and more widespread crimes, often of global proportions. Every year it costs the UK economy the equivalent of £230 for every person in the UK. It cuts across multinational corporations and is embedded in terrorism, human trafficking and drug smuggling. It also affects individuals through credit card fraud and ID theft."
Fiona MacTaggart, parliamentary under-secretary at the Home Office,