|There have been several reported cases in our area of a male telephoning victims purporting to be a Police Officer from the Fraud Squad in London. The suspect states that there has been a transaction on your bank account in the amount of £550 for a lap top and then asks you if you have sanctioned this transaction. Luckily in the cases we have had reported today all persons realised that this was potentially a scam and did not give out any further information. Please be vigilant when answering the telephone. The Police, Bank, HMRC etc., will not ask you to give your bank details over the telephone. If you believe that you have been a victim of a scam please telephone Lincolnshire Police on 101 and report the incident to Action Fraud. All the details are on the Action Fraud Website.|
How to deal with reports of fraud
Action Fraud is the “one stop” call centre for reporting allegations of fraud and financially motivated Internet crime. This covers ALL TYPES OF FRAUD including online auctions, scam e-mails/telephone calls, banking fraud and investment fraud, credit card fraud etc.
For a full list of the different types of fraud go to the Action Fraud website.
Members of the public should be encouraged to report fraud matters direct to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk, unless they are able to access it.
Action Fraud's responsibilities
Action Fraud review all frauds reported to them, conduct research and determine if an investigation is to take place and if so which force will have the lead for that investigation. They will not take any safeguarding consideration for the victim, and that responsibility falls to the force where the victim is located