Police clampdown on internet crime

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From today West Yorkshire Police and all other forces will work with Action Fraud to tackle fraud and financially motivated internet crime.

Action Fraud is now the central point of contact for people reporting such crimes.

It is being launched nationally today (April 1) and will encourage people to report fraud and internet scams directly to www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Action Fraud, run by the National Fraud Authority, will be the main agency for people to contact if they are a victim of a scam or fraud offence both in terms of making reports and accessing support and prevention advice.

Reports taken will be used to formulate a national picture as well as being passed on to forces for further investigation.

Det Supt Steve Waite, Head of Intelligence for Regional Operations said: “Action Fraud will enable a better sharing of information about the nature and extent of fraud across the region and beyond which will assist all law-enforcement partners in tackling the various different types of fraud affecting our local communities and businesses.

“Here in Yorkshire and the Humber the Economic Crime Units within the four forces have been working together as well as with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to ensure we’re ready to go live with Action Fraud.

“People will still be able to report fraud to their local force, who will take action if a possible fraudster is at their door for example.

“In non-urgent situations however, they will be encouraged to contact Action Fraud as the most appropriate agency.”

Det Insp Andy Howard of West Yorkshire Police said: “Fraud is a serious offence that affected nearly 5,000 people in West Yorkshire.

“Having Action Fraud as the main point of contact for people to report this type of crime to – and contact for updates - provides the public with an agency who will deal solely with fraud, so we hope people see this as a positive measure and a sign of our commitment to treating fraud seriously.”