Action Fraud is the national reporting centre for all fraud and cyber crime that launched in the south west on 3 December 2012.
The launch of this national centre means that all incidents of fraud and cyber crime should be reported to Action Fraud rather to local police forces. The only exception to this is if you are reporting a crime in action, in which case you should always call 999.
The purpose of Action Fraud is to create a ‘one stop shop’ for the reporting of all fraud and cyber crime, regardless of where you live in the UK or where the crime occurred. This holistic approach has many benefits for both the general public and the police service.
The provision of just one organisation for reporting these crimes and attempted crimes improves consistency and the service that victims receive. Collating all the information in one place also enables trends and links between crimes to be more easily identified, leading to a better understanding of fraud and its impact on victims and the economy and more investigative opportunities to catch offenders.
As well as being a reporting service, Action Fraud also provides victims with advice and guidance on how to limit their chances of becoming a repeat victim of this type of crime and, if requested, initiates contact for them from the Victim Support service.
If you require further information about Action Fraud or wish to report an incident of fraud or cyber crime, the most convenient way is to visit the Action Fraud website www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Online reporting takes an average of 20 minutes. Once you have started the form you will need to complete it in one session, it is therefore important to ensure that you have all the relevant information to hand.
Alternatively you can contact Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.
The Action Fraud website, Facebook (‘like’ ‘actionfraud’) and Twitter pages (‘follow’ ‘@actionfrauduk’) are also useful sources of up to date information on the latest scams.
Please report any crimes in action to Wiltshire Police via 999.