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Who are 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 economic crime.

The NFIB receives all the Action Fraud’s reports. Millions of reports of fraud and cybercrime are used by the NFIB to identify serial offenders, organised crime groups and find emerging crime types.

What the NFIB do with Action Fraud reports

  • The reports are assessed and analysed by NFIB experts.
  • Data matching allows reports from different parts of the country to be linked through analysis, identifying the criminals behind the frauds.
  • Reports are sent to local police forces/law enforcement agencies for investigation.
  • Bank accounts, websites and phone numbers which are used by fraudsters can be taken down by the NFIB.
  • Not every report results in an investigation, but every report helps to build a clear picture. This contributes to making the UK a more hostile place for fraudsters to operate in and helps to keep other potential victims safe.

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.