Crimestoppers beat the fraudsters
The game of fraud: Know their game and get the upperhand.
The Fraud Act 2006 covers the offences of fraud and there are many offence types, e.g. conspire, commit, aide and abet, etc.
Section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006 creates a general offence of fraud and introduces three possible ways of committing it. A person is guilty of fraud if they breach any of the sections listed in subsection (2) (which provide for different ways of committing the offence).
The sections are:
- Section 2 (fraud by false representation),
- Section 3 (fraud by failing to disclose information), and
- Section 4 (fraud by abuse of position).
It is suggested that the primary offences that might impact on business are those of Section 2 and 3.
What do you want to protect yourself against?
Any act of fraud that will result in a loss to your business.
Fraud happens when somebody lies or deceives you in order to cause harm, usually by costing you money. Even if you have not lost money, you may still have experienced fraud.
What can you do to reduce the likelihood of it happening to you?
Anyone can become a victim of fraud. Action Fraud receives fraud reports from people of all ages and from all parts of the country, including from those who thought it could never happen to them. There is no shame in becoming a victim, and the best thing you can do is speak out about it by reporting it to Action Fraud, and help protect other people from becoming victims themselves.
The Action Fraud website also lists a handy A-Z of different fraud types as well as top tips to protect yourself from fraud – Action Fraud
For additional online safety advice visit Get Safe Online
You may also like to take a look at the Little Book of Big Scams - Business Edition produced by the Metropolitan Police.
Where can you get more help and advice?
The Action Fraud online reporting tool is a straightforward and convenient way to report fraud and internet crime, it can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you do not have internet access, or if you feel you require more support, you can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and speak to an advisor.
Their phone lines are open:
- Mon to Fri – 8am to 9pm
- Sat to Sun - 9am to 5pm