In the event that you recognize a trick or scam, it’s not generally clear who you ought to report it to and it relies on upon whether it was an email trick, phone trick or another sort of extortion or fraud.
In the event that you’ve recognized a trick email or phishing email, report it to the network access supplier (ISP) that was utilized to send you the email. On the off chance that the trick email originated from a Yahoo! account, send it to email@example.com. Gmail has a ‘Report spam’ catch and Hotmail has a ‘Report phishing’ catch. When you report the trick email, the network access supplier (ISP) can then close the record which sent the email.You can likewise report the matter to the organization or body being mirrored, for example, the bank, government division or other organization referred to in the email.
Premium rate telephone tricks
In the event that you need to whine about or report a top notch rate telephone utility trick, contact PhonepayPlus. This is the official association set up to direct telephone paid administrations in the UK. You can call PhonepayPlus free from a landline on 0800 500 212 (from Monday 16 November 2015 this number will be supplanted by 0300 30 300 20) or visit the PhonepayPlus site.
Reporting a scam to local police
You should consider contacting your local police station to report the scam. This may provide them with useful information in catching the fraudsters.
Do not dial 999 to report a scam. This number should only ever be used in an emergency.
If you are the victim of a mimicking scam, where fraudsters pretend to be from a genuine company, it’s worth contacting the company that has been mimicked.
It can then warn other people about the scam and take steps to prevent others falling victim to the same scam. Often companies will warn their customers of mimicking scams by putting notices on their websites.
The Mailing Preference Service (MPS) allows you to have your name and address removed from mailing lists. To register for the free service, call 0845 703 4599 or visit mpsonline.org.uk.
If you do receive correspondence you believe to be from fraudsters, you can forward it to Royal Mail with a covering letter to Freepost, Scam Mail, P.O Box 797, Exeter, EX1 9UN.
Seek for a Citizens Advice
If you report a scam to your local Citizens Advice, they may be able to offer you advice.
You may also be giving them vital information which they can pass on to Trading Standards to help stop other people from becoming victims of the same scam.
Scams are criminal offences under the Fraud Act. This means that trading standards officers can take criminal action against the scammers.
Reporting to Action Fraud
Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and crime reporting centre. It provides a central point of contact about fraud and financially motivated internet crime.
It offers an online reporting tool or you can call and speak to an advisor on 0300 123 2040.
You can also use its online form, which takes 20 minutes to complete.
After reporting a scam, you’ll get a national crime reference number and the case will be referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau for analysis, by the City of London Police.
Not every report results in an investigation, but each helps build a clearer national picture about fraud.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org