Action Fraud has set up a dedicated email address where you can forward any scam emails that you receive [25 February 2011]
People receiving scam emails are urged to report them.
(Correct reporting method - 2013)
People receiving scam emails are urged to forward them on to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important: When you send an email you are doing so over the open internet, which we cannot guarantee the security of. Therefore please do not send personal information, such as your address or bank account details, when emailing Action Fraud.
Please note: Once you have forwarded your scam mail, you do not need to contact us again and you will not hear from us.
Got an email bounce back? We have still received the scam emails you forward to us even if you get a bounce back message. The bounce back message just means the email has gone into a holding area for spam, which is then released and received by us as usual. You therefore do not need to contact us again once you have forwarded your scam emails.
The emails received by Action Fraud will be forwarded to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau run by the City of London Police for collation and analysis. This will enable crucial intelligence to be gathered and preventative action to be taken. The activity will seek to disrupt the fraudsters and close down the links between them and the victim.
Dr Bernard Herdan, CEO of the National Fraud Authority who runs Action Fraud, said: ‘This is the first time we have been able to collect and analyse scam mail and emails in this way. Collecting intelligence is the key to us being able to disrupt the activities of fraudsters and target their networks for closure.’
What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?
If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.
If you've been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.
Fake emails often (but not always) display some of the following characteristics:
Notes to editors:
For more information please contact NFA.Info@attorneygeneral.gsi.gov.uk