Fraud is a broad term that covers various different types of crime, the most common of which are:
Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime and they provide a helpful explanation of the different types of frauds and scams.
If you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime you should report it to Action Fraud
The NCA works with a number of other agencies and regulators to tackle economic crime, including the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority and other international partners. The NCA provides specialist capabilities and resources to support partner investigations, leads appropriate investigations and supports and coordinates activity where it involves more than one agency. For example, Project Bloom, which looks at pension scams saw the NCA supporting the Pensions Regulator in the development of scam prevention material.
The increasing globalisation of fraud continues with much of it driven by enhanced communications infrastructure, in particular the increased availability of high speed internet access and low levels of regulation and law enforcement capabilities in some countries. Fraudsters continue to use new techniques to commit their crimes including the use of cyber technologies and the internet as an enabler.
The continued outsourcing of business services internationally may increase the opportunities for fraud as UK business interests are increasingly dependent on other countries to deliver key business services, such as IT support and customer call centres.
The Economic Crime command leads the NCA's fight against fraud. Find out more about the Economic Crime Command