New fraud reporting service comes to Dorset

Action Fraud – a new national reporting centre for all fraud and cyber crime – is to launch in Dorset and the South West region.

Action Fraud goes live in Dorset today – Monday 3 December 2012. It will also be live across the other police force areas in the South West Region – Devon and Cornwall, Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

It means that members of the public and businesses can report incidents of fraud to a ‘one stop shop’ rather than to their local police force.

From 3 December, the public should call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ to report a scam or fraud.

However in an emergency – where a crime is in progress or life is at risk – always dial 999.   

While Action Fraud is a reporting service, it also provides victims with advice and guidance on how to limit their chances of becoming a repeat victim of this type of crime and, if requested, initiates contact for them from the Victim Support Service.

Detective Chief Inspector John Crossland, of Dorset Police, said: “Action Fraud will provide the latest information and advice regarding types of scams and fraud. It will benefit the public by ensuring a consistent service to victims wherever they are calling from, right across the country.

“By collating all the information in one place, Action Fraud will also enable greater analysis of trends and links between crimes which should assist police investigations.”

For further information about Action Fraud visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

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