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Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime, is launching in Merseyside from Monday, 18 February 2013.

Merseyside Police is encouraging Merseyside residents to contact Action Fraud, as the primary contact point to report fraud and internet crime*. Online reporting of fraud and crime is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week through <>  or via the dedicated phone line 0300 123 2040 – during office hours.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Fell said: “Every police force is changing to use Action Fraud as their fraud and internet crime reporting service – this helps us to free up police resources to focus on the actual investigations.   “We don’t want Merseyside residents to think that we won’t answer their calls in relation to fraud offences, as in most cases we will still be carrying out the investigations, especially where a crime is in action*. However all fraud incidents will be recorded centrally by action fraud and in some cases they will investigated on a national level.

“This central point of information will enable us to identify seemingly unrelated incidents, trends and ultimately solve crimes and identify networks of criminals.   “We want to make it easy as possible for people to report crimes and we don’t want fraudsters to get away with it. Even if you don’t lose money, it is important that you report it to Action Fraud – Your information can help to root out fraudsters and prevent future attacks.”

Jamey Johnson, Head of Action Fraud said: “Fraud is not a victimless crime, It can devastate lives and it’s vital we take strong action to prevent people falling foul of criminals who prey on the vulnerable.   “Following a successful pilot, by April 2013 every police force in England and Wales will be using Action Fraud to report incidents of fraud and internet crime in their area. Action Fraud is already the UK’s one-stop-shop for fraud advice and reporting, and has helped more than 300,000 people deal with the consequences of fraud and internet crime.   “Rolling out the service will free up police time and rescouces and allow us to build an accurant national picture to lead the fight against fraudsters.”

The most convinent way to report a fraud is online and reporting takes an average of 20 minutes.

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