New way to report frauds is launched

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A new phone number has been launched for all reports of fraud in Thames Valley.

From this month, individual police forces in the south east will no longer take any fraud reports. All reports of fraud in the Thames Valley area will instead be recorded centrally by Action Fraud.

Thames Valley Police will continue to respond to reports of frauds in progress, but any other calls to report a fraud, including financially motivated e-crime, will be referred to Action Fraud.

Police say the new process will provide an efficient way to bulk report fraud and an increased chance of identifying repeat and vulnerable victims.

The scheme has already been piloted successfully in five forces, and will be rolled out nationally by next March.

To report a fraud, call 0300 123 2040, or visit website at www.actionfraud.police.uk