Report Fraud to Action Fraud
Sometimes people choose not to report
fraud because they are embarrassed that they fell for a scam, but
fraudsters rely on silence. If we talk we can beat it!
Remember that fraud is a
crime and that fraudsters will constantly reinvent
themselves to find new ways of tricking people. Anyone could be a
Some people also think that fraud is a victimless crime, or that
it’s not as serious as other crimes. This is not true. Fraudsters
are often part of serious organised criminal gangs, who use the
money to fund other crimes such as human trafficking, illegal
firearms trade and terrorism.
What to do if You have been a victim of fraud
If you have been a victim of fraud you
need to report it to Action Fraud – a national
centre that provides a single point of contact for reporting and
Launched by the National Fraud
Authority, Action Fraud provides a clear signpost for reporting all
types of fraud, including identity theft, investment, credit card
and consumer fraud.
Whether an individual or a business
you can can report fraud 24 hours a day, seven days a week through
the website www.actionfraud.police.uk
or by calling 0300 123 2040. Specialist fraud
advisers are available Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm, Saturday and
Sunday 9am to 5pm. Calls are charged at the standard rate.
The form takes around 20 minutes to
fill in and once started it will need to be completed in one
session, so you need to ensure you have all the relevant
information to hand.
You’ll be given a crime reference
number and your case will be referred onto the relevant police
Top Five Tips to Prevent Fraud
1. Do not give any personal information (name,
address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or
people before verifying their credentials.
2. Many frauds start with an email. Remember that banks
and financial institutions will not send you an email asking you to
click on a link and confirm your bank details. Always question
whether an email could be bogus.
3. Destroy and preferably shred receipts with
your card details on and post with your name and address on.
Identity fraudsters don’t need much information in order to be able
to clone your identity.
4. If you have been a victim of fraud, be aware
of fraud recovery fraud. This is when fraudsters pretend to be a
lawyer or a law enforcement officer and tell you they can help you
recover the money you’ve already lost.
5. To report fraud or if you need advice, visit
Action Fraud’s website.
- Don’t let fraudsters get away with it. Even if you don’t lose
money, it is important that you report it to Action Fraud – Your
information can help to root out fraudsters and prevent future
- Every police force is changing to use Action Fraud as their
fraud and internet crime reporting service – helping free up police
resources to focus on investigations with viable lines of
- This central collection of crime reports enables seemingly
unrelated incidents from around the country to be linked through
analysis, helping identify networks of criminals
- The Action Fraud website, Facebook and Twitter pages are a
useful source of up-to-date information and advice on the latest
Top Four Reported Frauds
- Advance fee frauds
- Banking and credit industry fraud
- Online shopping and auctions
- Computer software service fraud
Visit Action Fraud’s
website for further advice and