New scam reporting system launchedReport frauds straight to the government

16 February 2008

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Scam victims can now report crimes straight to the authorities thanks to a new online form.

Each year three million UK consumers fall victim to scams and lose an estimated £3.5 billion.

But fewer than 5% of people report scams to the authorities.

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The new online form has been added to the government advice service website, Consumer Direct, in a bid to change this.

It will allow people to record details of the type of scam they've  encountered, as well as provide information on the potential scammers.

Each form will be kept on the Consumer Direct database and made available to trading standards officers (TSOs) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

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Consumer Direct Operations Manager Greg South said: 'In the past, people who have been targeted by scammers via the post, phone or internet may have felt unsure about how they could help.

‘This new online form will enable them to provide vital intelligence to the enforcement community.'

Which? has a number of reports on how how to spot scams currently circulating in the UK.