From rogue builders to online shopping scams – fraud is big business.
Latest national figures suggest it is a £73 billion a year crime – and that’s only based on the crimes that are reported and recorded.
The four Welsh police forces have now signed up to Action Fraud – a UK-wide scheme which will revolutionise how fraud and financially-motivated crime is reported by the public and recorded and investigated by police.
Action Fraud provides a single point of contact for fraud victims where they can both report a fraud and seek guidance and advice.
Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Erasmus, head of the Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit said:
“Action Fraud will support victims, help prevent fraud and better enable the Welsh police forces to investigate crime by giving us the national picture on fraud instead of dealing with cases in isolation.
“Fraudsters can target people in Wales regardless of where they are based, so by providing a national reporting centre we will be in a much stronger position to tackle fraud locally.
“By working together, Action Fraud and the four Welsh forces will be able to offer a better level of service to the public and, ultimately, bring more offenders to justice.”
Action Fraud provides a clear signpost for reporting all types of fraud, including identity theft, investment, credit card and consumer fraud. At the same time it gives law enforcement and counter-fraud agencies better information to better 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 local forces, the NFIB and Action Fraud will help tighten the net on fraudsters.
Jamey Johnson, Head of Action Fraud said:
“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.”
If individuals or business operators want advice or support on fraud they are encouraged to call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, Textphone 0300 123 2050 or visit www.actionfraud.org.uk to get advice and guidance on protecting yourself from fraud.
For more information about Action Fraud and its services, download this Action Fraud leaflet (97 downloads) .