What is Fraud?
Fraud is the false representation of facts, intentionally deceiving the victim. The perpetrator gains from the action, and the victim is taken advantage of and denied their rights.
Examples of fraud include:
What is a Scam?
A scam is a dishonest or fraudulent scheme, attempting to take money or personal details.
Examples of the most common scams include:
Take 5 simple steps to prevent being a victim of a scam:
How do I report?
Action Fraud: Report fraud and scams online at Action Fraud or call on 0300 123 2040. Action Fraud passes relevant information to police to investigate.
Citizens Advice: Report fraud and scams online at Report a scam - Citizens Advice. This is sent to Trading Standards to investigate.
Text: Forward texts to 7726.This sends the text to Ofcom and National Cyber Agencies to investigate.
Email: Forward fraudulent and suspicious emails to email@example.com. This sends the email to the National Cyber Agencies to investigate.
Where can I get support?
If you have been a victim of a fraud or scam, you are not alone, and there is support available.
You can get support from:
Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk/contact-us
Victim Support at www.victimsupport.org.uk/more-us/contact-us/ or call their 24/7 free service on 08 08 16 89 111.
The Silver Line at The Silver Line Helpline or call 0800 4 70 80 90 for free, confidential telephone service for older people.
Find out more
For more information, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk
To keep up to date with frauds and scams to be aware of in Suffolk, visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/community-and-safety/suffolk-trading-standards/scams
Get Safe Online partners with various UK organisation and Government departments and is a good place to go to check if a website is legitimate, find out more: https://www.getsafeonline.org/checkawebsite/