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Fraud is a serious crime. Trickery is used to gain confidence or trust for dishonest purposes - usually financial. It can be committed against individuals or businesses. Types of fraud include:

  • identity theft to obtain goods or services by deception
  • advance fee fraud when victims are conned into paying up front for goods or services which don't materialise
  • bank account fraud when transactions you haven't made show up on your statement

If you have been a victim of fraud, report this immediately.

In an emergency:

  • call 999

In a non-emergency:

Contacting Action Fraud

  • If the fraud has already occurred and you are physically safe, please report it direct to Action Fraud (the UK's national fraud-reporting centre) either by telephone 0300 123 2040 or on their website here  
Page last updated: 30 December 2015