Action Fraud now live in Nottinghamshire

9th January 2013 staplefordcommunitygroup Police Alerts, Update & Messages. 0 Comments

(Police, Administrator, Nottinghamshire)

Action Fraud now live in Nottinghamshire

The Force has joined a national scheme aimed at enhancing fraud investigations and slashing the amount of time officers spend taking reports of the crime.

Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, will act as a central point of contact for all information about fraud and financially-motivated internet crime.

Instead of officers taking reports themselves, in most cases they will redirect victims to Action Fraud, where staff will take reports over the phone or online.

Action Fraud, a service run by the National Fraud Agency, will provide numerous benefits including:

• A single point of contact for reporting all fraud
• Joined up intelligence which will lead to more targeted enforcement action
• An effective and time-efficient route to reporting fraud
• An enhanced preventative approach nationally

Additionally, Action Fraud will free up officers, provide intelligence that can be used to prevent crime, and in creating a standardised reporting system will ensure forces have a greater understanding and awareness of national threats.

All Forces have agreed to participate in the scheme by March 2013.

Five forces have already piloted the new national system, including Leicestershire, Kent and Greater Manchester Police.

And based on the experiences of the pilot forces, it estimated that the new reporting system will save Nottinghamshire officers in excess of 500 hours per year taking reports from alleged victims.

Detective Inspector Andy Baguley, Head of the Force’s Fraud and Financial Investigations Unit, said that joining Action Fraud will provide an enhanced service to victims of fraud.

He said: “Where the victim is reporting a crime in action, is assessed to be vulnerable or the offender is known and local, we will continue to deal with the report as normal. But for all other such reports, the victim will make contact with Action Fraud, via the telephone or by logging on to its website.

“Clearly, such a system has the potential to save us hundreds of hours spent filling in reports. It provides the public throughout the UK with just one point of reference, and will mean that our time is spent conducting actionable investigations and preventing scams, rip-offs and cons in the first place.”

To contact Action Fraud, call them on 0300 123 2040 or visit their website at www.actionfraud.police.uk

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