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Up to £53,100 Norfolk council tax payer money lost to fraudsters

Up to £53,100 Norfolk council tax payer money lost to fraudsters

Published by Chris Craddock with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter David Hannant
5:39am 15th April 2019. (Updated at 1:53pm 15th April 2019)

Tens of thousands of Norfolk taxpayers money could have been lost to fraudsters.

A report from the County Council says it could be up to £53,100 in the last financial year.

Now the local authority says the worst case scenario and the figure could be lower.

 

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most of the fraud case involve cyber crime

 

But it is a lot higher than the previous figure which was £20,160.

Norfolk County Council was able to get all of that money back.

During the financial year ending in March 2019 - 16 separate cases of potential fraud were reported, six of which are still ongoing investigations.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said:

“We can not comment on individual cases as several are subject to ongoing legal proceedings.

“Given the size of the county council, cases of fraud are very rare, but we take every case very seriously and have robust systems in place to detect and prevent them from happening.

“Our IT department regularly test for vulnerabilities and we communicate regularly to staff about the importance of cyber security.”

The NCC faces tens of thousand of cyber attacks every day and about a dozen of those pose serious risks.

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