POLICE are clamping down on fraudsters who are targeting bank accounts and internet sites across the region.
Cheshire police are joining forces with Lancashire and Merseyside to tackle the growing problem of fraud across the North West, which is seeing thousands of people tricked out of their wages and life savings.
From Monday, February 13, officers from across the North West will be using new ways of reporting fraudulent crimes in order to help build up intelligence about crimes in the local area.
The multi-force initiative, is part of a nationwide clampdown on fraudsters, which has seen more than one million people reporting crimes to Action Fraud since it was launched back in 2009.
In less than a months time all victims reporting fraudulent crimes will be referred to Action Fraud and by April this year all police forces across England and Wales will be directing the public to this service.
But Cheshire police have reassured members of the public they will continue to be the first port of call for victims of fraud when the victim is perceived as vulnerable or if the crime is on going.
Detective Superintendent Geraint Jones said: “Fraud is a serious crime. It impacts on all kinds of communities, in particular, vulnerable people.”
It is estimated fraud costs the British economy £73bn every year. This includes anything from simple online scams to organised gangs targeting vulnerable people. In some cases, the offenders are located outside of the country.
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.