What Happens After You Report Fraud?


After reporting fraud, it might feel like things go quiet, but rest assured the fraud teams will be working away in the background, often with partner organisations, to piece together the intelligence they’ve received. That information can lead to the prevention of fraudulent activity to protect others, as well as helping the police crack down on the criminals responsible.

Action Fraud

When you report to Action Fraud, your information is sent to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), which is run by the police. The NFIB collates and analyses intelligence on fraud, identifying which lines of enquiry to pursue and passing the details on to local police forces. It’s the responsibility of police forces to assess the information referred to them and decide whether or not to open an investigation.

The police use your information to build up intelligence about fraud, including who is being targeted, who’s behind it and what tactics they’re using. This contributes to making the UK a more hostile place for fraudsters to operate in and helps to keep other potential victims safe.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

The NCSC analyse any suspicious emails and websites that are reported to them. If they conclude that the activity is malicious or fraudulent, they will work with the hosting companies to remove the malicious websites and block email addresses so they can no longer send messages.


Your phone provider will investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender if it’s found to be malicious.

Your bank

When you report to your bank they can provide immediate help to stop suspicious payments and add security measures to your account. They also deal with requests to claim your money back.

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