SPEAK OUT ABOUT
Fraud can come in many shapes and sizes but from
November 1st, victims of fraud in Hertfordshire are asked to report
it via Action Fraud – a national centre that provides a single
point of contact for reporting and advice.
Victims also come in many shapes and sizes – including
businesses as well as individuals – no matter who you are, if
you’ve been a victim of fraud in the last 12 months:
0300 123 2040
Textphone: 0300 123 2050
Remember, if a crime is happening to you or someone you know
right now, or you believe someone may be in danger, always call
Launched by the National Fraud Authority, Action Fraud provides
a clear signpost for reporting all types of fraud, including
identity theft, investment, credit card and consumer fraud.
Action Fraud is able to offer support, information and guidance
to anyone who feels they have been a victim.
At the same time it gives law enforcement and counter-fraud
agencies improved information to target fraudsters, better protect
the public and bring criminals to justice, by providing vital
information to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).
This collaboration between police forces, the NFIB and Action
Fraud will help tighten the net on fraudsters.
Fraud reports submitted through the service are sent via secure
transfer to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) at the
City of London Police – the lead force for fraud in the UK.
The data provided to Action Fraud is totally secure and will
only be provided to anti-fraud agencies or the police.
After a successful trial by five pilot forces during 2011/12,
Action Fraud is now being rolled out to all forces, to become the
national reporting channel for all fraud.
Fraud has been described as a ‘silent crime’. But it is not a
victimless crime. It knows no boundaries and deeply affects tens of
thousands of people in the UK each year. It is a crime that is
second only to the illegal drugs trade in terms of its impact on
the UK, and on average, it costs each adult living in the UK around
£621 per year.
But the human cost is even higher because proceeds of fraud are
often used to fund serious crimes such as drug smuggling and people
Most victims of fraud do not report the crime. Victims of fraud
often don’t want to talk about what’s happened to them because they
feel embarrassed and ashamed. Fraudsters rely on that silence. But
we can fight back by talking.
Detective Inspector Steve Keating of Hertfordshire’s Economic
Crime Unit said: “Action Fraud will help prevent fraud and better
enable Hertfordshire Constabulary to investigate crime by giving us
access to national intelligence.
"Fraudsters can target people in Hertfordshire regardless of who
they are and where they are based, so by providing a national
reporting centre, we will be in a much stronger position to tackle
"By working together, Action Fraud and Hertfordshire Constabulary
will be able to offer a better level of service to the public and,
ultimately, bring more offenders to justice."
Jamey Johnson, Head of Action Fraud added: “Fraud is not a
victimless crime. It can devastate lives and it’s vital we take
strong action to prevent people falling foul of criminals who prey
on the vulnerable.
“Following a successful pilot, by April 2013 every police force
in England and Wales will be using Action Fraud to report incidents
of fraud and internet crime in their area. Action Fraud is
already the UK’s one-stop-shop for fraud advice and reporting, and
has helped more than 300,000 people deal with the consequences of
fraud and internet crime.
“Rolling out the service will free up police time and resources
and allow us to build an accurate national picture to lead the
fight against fraudsters.”
If individuals or business operators have been a victim of fraud
in the last 12 months and want to report a fraud, they are
encouraged to call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, Textphone 0300
123 2050 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk
to get advice and guidance on protecting yourself from fraud.
(‘03’ phone numbers cost the same as a call to local landline
phone numbers, even from a mobile phone.)