As the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, Action Fraud should be your first point of contact if you have been a victim of fraud.
As the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime, Action Fraud should be your first point of contact if you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime.
Reporting fraud to Action Fraud ensures that the correct crime reporting procedures are followed. We pass on all fraud cases to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), which is overseen by the police force that leads on economic crime for the UK – the City of London Police. Making a crime report to Action Fraud also means that you will receive a police crime reference number. You can use your police crime reference number to update the information in your crime report, if you need to at a later date.
Fraud is a serious crime
Sometimes people choose not to report fraud because they are embarrassed that they fell for a scam,
con, swindle, or any other word used to describe the crime.
Remember that fraud is a crime and that fraudsters will constantly reinvent themselves to find new ways of tricking people. Anyone could be a victim.
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.
Fraud costs you money
Fraud has repercussions for everyone, whether or not they are a direct victim of the crime.
It is estimated that fraud costs the UK £73 billion every year (AFI 2013). In fact, the cost is likely to be much higher.
This money has to be repaid somehow, which means that the cost of products and services increase for us all. These are all reasons why it’s so important for people to report fraud.
Want to find out more about different types of fraud, computer crime, phishing, malware and internet crimes? Visit our A to Z of fraud.