Got scammed? Report it

Scammers manipulate people by “pushing their buttons” to produce the response they want. To stop scammers pulling you into their traps you need to know how to avoid them and prevent the responses they expect.

Reporting crime, including fraud is important

If you have been a victim of a scam or attempted scam report it. Remember there may be many others in a similar position and your information will form part of one big jigsaw and may be vital in completing the bigger picture.

ACT FAST if you think you have been a victim of Identity (ID) crime

  • if you receive any mail that seems suspicious or implies you have an account with the sender when you don’t, do not ignore it. It only takes 5 minutes to contact a credit reference agency over the phone to report your concerns
  • your credit report it is one of the first places you can spot if someone is misusing your personal information as well as credit reference agencies who offer subscription services, some companies like ClearScore and noddle offer free credit reports and contact you with regular updates so you can see what accounts are open in your name and who is searching your credit score.
  • if you have been a victim of ID crime think about taking out Protective Registration with Cifas as an additional way to try to prevent fraud taking place in your name
  • if you have information about those committing identity crime please tell independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at

In an emergency, if a crime is in progress or about to be committed then contact the police directly by dialling 999 or dialling 101 in a non-emergency.

Action Fraud
The easiest way to report fraud or internet crime is by using this online reporting tool.

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