Have you been the victim of a fraudulent act?
Fraud and cybercrimes should be reported to the national reporting centre, Action Fraud. They will correctly examine your incident for any intelligence and investigative opportunities.
I bet you’re thinking this sounds like the second act of a James Bond movie. Trust us, it will feel just as serious if it happens to you and that’s why you need to call Action Fraud.
Reporting online is easy and only takes a few minutes with their online reporting tool. Their advisors are also available 24/7 if you feel more comfortable speaking to someone about your incident*.
Action Fraud sends a report to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) for assessment and trained experts review your data. They decide if there’s enough information to send to the local police or a Regional Organised Crime Unit.
Action Fraud do not have investigative powers. This is why your report is sent to the NFIB who cover all the UK and have a clearer picture of where fraud and cybercrime is happening and to whom.
Even if your report is not sent to the police, the data will still help the NFIB with other criminals who are behind fraudulent scams.
Types of fraud to watch out for
- Charity fraud
- Customer fraud
- Insurance fraud
Don’t forget that crimes of fraud need to be reported to the police. So, if you don’t call Action Fraud, you still need to give your local police station a call.
*Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Action Fraud is currently running a smaller customer service team so do advise that you use their online reporting tool if possible.