Northamptonshire Police joins fraud and internet crime scheme

File photo dated 01/07/08 of a person using a computer. Dating site fraud is vastly under-reported and may have claimed more than 200,000 victims in the UK, research suggests. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 28, 2011. See PA story SCIENCE Dating. Photo credit should read: Adam Peck/PA Wire
File photo dated 01/07/08 of a person using a computer. Dating site fraud is vastly under-reported and may have claimed more than 200,000 victims in the UK, research suggests. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 28, 2011. See PA story SCIENCE Dating. Photo credit should read: Adam Peck/PA Wire
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Northamptonshire Police has become one of the first forces in the country to sign up to a new scheme designed to beat fraud and internet crime.

It means members of the public who want to report fraud or online offences will be able to speak to a national service, known as Action Fraud.

Police hope the national service will help investigators co-ordinate their response to fraud and internet crime more efficiently.

Detective Inspector Dave Warnes of the Northamptonshire Police’s economic and financial crime team said the new measures would prove to be “efficient and consistent”.

“We will be provided with a detailed picture of fraud both nationally and locally, and we will be able to indentify trends quickly and respond accordingly at a local level,” he added.

“Every time a member of the public reports to Action Fraud, their report will help them build up intelligence about fraud and fraudsters.

“Increased intelligence helps prevent other people from becoming victims.”

Home Office figures estimate fraud and internet crime cost the British economy £73bn every year.