New rules to tackle con artists

Det Supt Lee Halstead of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit

Det Supt Lee Halstead of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit

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A CRACKDOWN on fraudsters has been launched after Lancashire’s police joined a national system to target the con-artists.

The force has become the latest to start recording fraud through Action Fraud’s national reporting system - a system which aims to slash the amount of time officers spend taking reports of crime.

And using Action Fraud also means police forces from across the country can look for links between frauds that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Det Supt Lee Halstead, from Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “Action Fraud will greatly enhance fraud investigations allowing the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau to build a picture of the latest crime trends.

“The system will provide the public and businesses with just one point of contact, making the process of reporting fraud and internet crime much quicker and more convenient for victims.

“Fraud is often a hidden crime, but it affects all levels of society from large businesses and high street retailers to pensioners.

“People can be targeted in their own homes and we are all at risk of becoming victims.

“The effects can be at best annoying and at their worst devastating. I am pleased Lancashire Constabulary is now on board with this national reporting system.

“I would encourage people to report anything suspicious to Action Fraud – even if they don’t lose any money.

“Their information can help to root out fraudsters and prevent crime.”

In most cases people reporting fraud will now be directed to Action Fraud, but in serious fraud cases, where victims are vulnerable or reporting a crime in action, reports will be dealt with by the police as normal.

To contact Action Fraud visit www.actionfraud,police.uk or call 0300 123 2040 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

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