Warwickshire was given a dubious distinction recently after it was named as one of the UK’s fraud capitals.
30,944 retail fraud incidents occurred in the area between 2014 and 2016, according to Which? magazine.
More than 264,000 fraud cases were reported to Action Fraud last year, but as many cases go unreported this number is likely to be lower than the total figure.
“This research highlights how reported fraud in the UK is on the increase and the kinds of scams you are most likely to fall victim to will depend on where you live,” said Gareth Shaw, Which? money expert.
“These criminals are constantly finding new ways to rip us off and those tackling fraud should be upping their game.
“The government needs to set out an ambitious agenda to tackle fraud, while law enforcement agencies need to be working harder to identify and protect the people most at risk from fraud.”