How to report scams or fraud in the UK

Source: Release Time: 04:29:52 2019-07-19

Before you report a scam or fraud, and you think you might have been scammed yourself, there are two things you need to do: 1. Stop sending money straight away. If the payment has been set up as a Direct Debit, get in touch with your bank to stop this immediately.

2. Beware of follow-up scams. Sometimes after you’ve initially been scammed you might get targeted again by a fraudster who says they can get your money back. Report dangerous scams and fraud to the policeFor most scams, you would first go to Action Fraud. If a scam is putting you or someone else in danger and it’s an emergency though, you need to call the police on 999.

You should also call the police if: • a fraud is in progress or occurred within the last 24 hours • you know the suspect and they live in the UK • the victim is vulnerable because of age, mental or physical impairment, or in need of care and support • you think the police need to preserve evidence or prevent loss, such as CCTV, or recover large amounts of money transferred from bank accounts before it can be transferred away.

If you got an email, you can contact the service provider that sent you the email, such as Yahoo! or Outlook. Some will often have a ‘Report phishing’ or ‘Report scam’ button. The email address can then be closed down. If it’s a website or you’ve been caught in a scam, report it to Action Fraud. They have an online reporting tool that is quick and easy to use. You can also report the fraud to companies that are advertising fraudulent services, such as when adverts appear on Google or Bing. Sometimes fraudsters impersonate organisations, such as pretending emails or phone calls are from HMRC. You can contact the companies that are being impersonated as well.