A new squad has been created to tackle fraud, a crime that is second only to the drugs trade in its impact on the UK.
Launched by the National Fraud Authority, Action Fraud provides a clear signpost for reporting all types of fraud, including identity theft, investment, credit card and consumer fraud.
On average fraud costs each adult living in the UK around £621 per year.
Det Insp Steve Keating, of Herts Economic Crime Unit, said: “Action Fraud will help prevent fraud and better enable Hertfordshire Constabulary to investigate crime by giving us access to national intelligence.
“Fraudsters can target people in Hertfordshire regardless of who they are and where they are based, so by providing a national reporting centre, we will be in a much stronger position to tackle fraud locally.
“By working together, Action Fraud and Hertfordshire Constabulary will be able to offer a better level of service to the public and, ultimately, bring more offenders to justice.”
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 resources and allow us to build an accurate national picture to lead the fight against fraudsters.”
Victims, including businesses anad individuals, are being asked to phone 0300 123 2040, textphone 0300 123 2050 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk