Economic Crime

Fraud Investigation

 

What is fraud?

Fraud is defined as a criminal deception committed by a person who acts in a false and deceitful way. There are a string of offences under a variety of legislation and essentially the suspect will demonstrate some form of dishonesty and/or deception.

  

Personal Fraud 

Fraudsters can target you at home, and will even rummage through your rubbish to get to your finances. By knowing some simple ways to safeguard your information, you can stop the criminals.

  

Business Fraud

Fraudsters have developed a number of ways to target your business accounts. These criminals could be working from outside or within your organisation. They could be working alone or part of a larger network, possibly with links to organised crime or terrorism. Below are some of the means they use.

  

Scam Letters

 If you are being targeted by these fraudsters remember that you are only one of many and you can take some minor precautions for your own safety depending on how you are being contacted.
 

Report a Fraud

 Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

 



It provides a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. If you've been scammed, ripped off or conned, there is something you can do about it - get in touch with Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it online here.
 
 

 Financial Investigation

 

Financial Investigations

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is a piece of legislation created to tackle organised crime, giving officers the power to seize cash and recover assets such as cars and houses bought by criminals through the proceeds of their crimes.

The money recovered and made through the sale of the criminal’s assets can then be put back into community projects and helps to fund further investigations, whilst showing the public that crime doesn’t pay.
Money is at the heart of all organised crime. The lifestyle and status it brings is the main motivation for most criminals.