What should you do if you, or someone you know, has been scammed?
If you or someone you know has been the target of a scam, and fallen victim to it, you should report it to the police on 101 and to Action Fraud either through their online reporting tool or calling 0300 123 2040, as soon as possible. The online form takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Action Fraud is the national online and financial fraud reporting database, which exists to build an accurate picture of frauds and scams, in order to help police and other agencies prevent more of these crimes taking place.
After reporting a scam, you’ll get a police crime reference number and the case will be referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau for analysis by the City of London Police. Not every report results in an investigation, but each helps build a clearer national picture of fraud.
You can also report phishing attempts where you have not lost any money or exposed your personal details.
However, Action Fraud cannot help you recover any money lost to fraud.
You can download more information using the links below:
|Action Fraud Consumer Leaflet||2.72 MB||12/07/2018|
|Advance Fee Fraud Fact Sheet||783.33 KB||10/07/2018|
|Age Uk Avoiding Scams||303.19 KB||10/07/2018|
|Age UK Staying Safe||445.21 KB||10/07/2018|
|Computer Software Service Fraud||842.77 KB||10/07/2018|
|Doorstep Scams||368.33 KB||10/07/2018|
|Email Scams||490.03 KB||10/07/2018|
|Giving Safely Leaflet||676.08 KB||10/07/2018|
|Investment or Pension||508.19 KB||10/07/2018|
|Lottery and Prize Draw Scams||328.75 KB||10/07/2018|
|Pension Scams Booklet||171.35 KB||10/07/2018|
|Take Five Leaflet||2.93 MB||12/07/2018|
|The Little Book of Big Scams||2.01 MB||12/07/2018|
|The Little Book of Cyber Scams||2.02 MB||26/07/2018|