Retailers are calling for the creation of a national task force focusing on online fraud, as concerns mount about the growing threat of e-crime and the associated costs to business.

A report by the British Retail Consortium, titled Future Online Security: Tackling E-crime & Fraud, said law enforcement agencies were failing to keep up with the ever-growing threat of online crime.

Recommendations in the report for battling online fraud include: the formation of a dedicated national policing unit; improved communication between retailers and law enforcement agencies; and more effective use of intelligence from third-party screening companies.

Online sales accounted for around 7% of total retail sales in 2009.

The BRC said retailers worried that as e-commerce continues to grow, so would the risk of accompanying threats.

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