What is fraud?
Fraud happens when somebody lies, or deceives you in order to
cause harm, usually by costing you money. Even if you have not lost
money, you may still have experienced fraud.
You may know fraud better as a:
Internet Crime and Fraud
What is internet crime?
There are many forms of internet crime and new cases are being
uncovered all the time. For example,
- Phishing emails with links to fake websites to trick people
into entering personal details or account information.
- Criminals that attack your computer with a virus or spyware and
try to steal personal information such as usernames and
- Online auction scams where the seller asks you to pay by money
transfer or direct to their bank account.
The best way to disrupt criminals using the internet to commit
crimes is for you to report it.
If you're a victim of fraud that is a crime in progress and you
need an immediate police response dial 999 or if
it is a non-emergency situation, call 101. You can
also report fraud by contacting Action Fraud
Why it is important to report fraud and internet crime
Fraud and internet crime costs our economy an estimated £73
billion every year. This money is often used to fund crimes like
drug smuggling, terrorism and people trafficking.
By reporting incidents or fraud or internet crime to Action
Fraud you are enabling the police and fraud authorities to build a
profile of those committing fraud and catch those involved.
Top 5 tips to prevent fraud
- Do not give any personal information (name,
address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or
people before verifying their credentials.
- Many frauds start with an email. Remember that
banks and financial institutions will not send you
an email asking you to click on a link and confirm your
bank details. Always question whether an email could be
- Destroy and preferably shred receipts with
your card details on and post with your name and address on.
Identity fraudsters don’t need much information in order to be able
to clone your identity.
- If you have been a victim of fraud, be aware of fraud
recovery fraud. This is when fraudsters pretend to be a
lawyer or a law enforcement officer and tell you they can help you
recover the money you’ve already lost.
- To report fraud or if you need advice, visit Action Fraud's