Fraud is the dishonest and intentional deception of a person intended to result in financial or personal gain.

Fraud happens when someone deceives you or lies to you to gain an advantage, such as taking your money or finding out private information about you. Fraud could happen in person, over the telephone, or online via email, text or a website.

Action Fraud deals specifically with fraud issues. To report fraud visit the Action Fraud website or call them on 0300 123 2040 (Mon to Fri - 08:00 to 18:00, Sat - 09:00 to 17:00)

Below are just some of the ways in which people may be able to defraud you. We've gathered together advice on the latest frauds and scams, the signs to look out for, and what you can do to stop it happening to you.


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Business Crime
Keeping your business safe from cyber crime.
Advice for victims
What do I do if I become a victim?
Cyber Crime
Advice for keeping yourself safe online
Online shopping
Stay safe when shopping online
Be safe online
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust provides a team of trained and Police vetted Stay Safe Online volunteers to offer home visits and group talks to the over 60s or 18+ with a registered disability.
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