Betting and video games, the sectors most affected by suspicions of fraud in online transactions in Spain

MADRID, Oct. 14 (Portaltic/EP) –

The digital transactions that take place in online betting and gaming environmentsas well as in the video game, Are the most affected by scam attempts in Spainwith retail being, for its part, the most affected sector globally.

As the number of economic transactions carried out digitally increases, so too Environments are growing in which malicious actors try to carry out fraud to deceive users and get personal and banking details or even steal money.

In this framework, in order to know what are the main areas in which fraudulent actions take place through online transactions and take precautionary measures In order not to suffer this type of theft, it is important to take into account current trends and threats, as well as their evolution.

Therefore, the global information and analysis organization TransUnion has carried out a study in which it shows the main global digital fraud results recorded during the first six months of this year 2023.

Thus, one of the trends that the study points out is the increase in the number of digital transactions both by companies and individuals and, directly related, the increase in the number of scams or online crimes.

Specifically, at a global level the results show that “virtually all industries suffer from scam attempts”so much so, that the 5.3 percent of all digital transactions analyzed during the first half of this year were suspected of fraud, which represents a 18 percent increase compared to the same period of the year 2022.

At a global level, the sectors related to retail (10.6%), video games (7.0%) and telecommunications (5.3%) are the most affected by scam attempts.


Likewise, the number of transactions suspected of fraud in Spain overall it has also grown, with an increase of 29 percent. Furthermore, the study reflects that one in every twenty digital transactions in Spain is a possible scam. and points out that Betting and chance games, video games and retail are the sectors most affected by suspicions of fraud.

Specifically, according to the study data, during the first half of the year, 11.0 percent of the total transactions with attempted fraud in Spain are equivalent to the online gaming sector, which includes sports betting and games such as poker. or roulette.

It has also been affected by scam attempts in Spain. video game sector, which accumulates 6.4 percent of transactions suspected of fraud. Finally, the ‘retail’ It is another of the areas in which the most fraud has been detected in the digital transactions of Spaniardswith 3.5 percent.

However, as TransUnion has pointed out, the online gaming and video game sectors were already the most affected by fraud attempts in the first half of 2022 and, although these have also increased, The sectors in which this type of scam has increased the most are the retail and insurance sectors.

As stated by the Senior Vice President and Global Head of TruValidate Solutions at TransUnion, Shai Cohen, in a statement, there are many factors that must be taken into account when analyzing fraud rates to measure the impact of scams by industry.

For this reason, he explained that the size of the industry, the growth trends of each sector or even the speed of said growth. In this way, you can have “a better perspective of how fraud really impacts each industry and you can even reach foresee what will be the objectives of criminals in the near future”, Cohen has sentenced.

For its part, the TransUnion organization has indicated that to carry out this analysis it has used TruValidate solution. Specifically, the percentage of suspected fraud attempts reflected in interactions with the organization’s clients has been collected.

Likewise, transactions carried out in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Spain, United States, Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia.

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