Fraud is a growing area of crime and takes many different forms. However, there are many ways in which you can protect yourself.

 To find out more about how to protect yourself against different types of fraud, follow the links below.

If you do become a victim of fraud contact Action Fraud, the national reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040 or visit In an emergency always dial 999. 

Action Fraud

Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud reporting centre. They will take reports of fraud offences, as well as providing reassurance, advice and support to callers. Action Fraud take reports of crimes and passes the details to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, which works with police forces and a number of other key agencies in gathering and sharing intelligence and linking information on crime patterns. Any fraud that requires police investigation is passed to your local force to deal with. 

For further advice and to report fraud

Lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Metropolitan Police have produced a useful booklet on scams, which arms readers with information on how to avoid being fooled by the con men - The Little Book of Big Scams (pdf, 4.9MB).