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What is the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau?

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) sits alongside Action Fraud within the City of London Police which is the national policing lead for fraud.

The NFIB takes all Action Fraud report and uses millions of reports of fraud and cyber crime to identify serial offenders, organised crime gangs and established as well as emerging crime types.

The NFIB gets it data through three main channels

  • Reports from individuals and small businesses (coming either directly or via a police force) made to Action Fraud on the phone or online.
  • Fraud data from industry and the public sector which includes banking, insurance, telecommunications and government departments.
  • A variety of intelligence sources including, but not limited to, national and international police crime/intelligence systems.

The Know Fraud system

The NFIB use a system called “Know Fraud”. This is an extremely advanced police intelligence system with the ability to process vast amounts of data to pin point patterns and linkages in offending.

How this intelligence is managed

Where NFIB crime reviewers and analysts see opportunities for law enforcement or partner agencies to take action, crime packages are disseminated  Law enforcement and partner agencies then decide on the next most appropriate action and take responsibility for any resultant investigation. 

Not all fraud reports can result in an investigation so the NFIB seek to disrupt the fraud enablers that are causing harm by working with service providers to take down services abused by fraudsters. The NFIB will also alert members of the public and counter fraud agencies or emerging crime types, new methodologies and specific cases.  

Outputs from the NFIB include:

  • Individual crime packages or networks identified via the Know Fraud system following the reporting of crime complaints from members of the public/businesses that are reviewed and disseminated for investigation.
  • Fraud alerts that are disseminated to law enforcement agencies, industry partners and members of the public to inform them of emerging trends.