Fraud is when someone tricks or deceives you to gain a dishonest advantage – usually money, goods, services or property.
Anyone is susceptible to fraud. Criminals are clever and well organised and are finding new ways to deceive people. When fraud is committed online, the people responsible may be thousands of miles away, which makes bringing offenders to justice difficult and sometimes impossible.
Although embarrassment or shame can be common reactions, you have no need to feel this way.
Even the most careful people can be caught out, and sometimes fraudsters only need the smallest piece of information, such as your address, email or phone number, to commit a crime. Some people blame themselves after falling victim to fraud, but you're not to blame – only the offender is responsible for this crime taking place.
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Fraudsters often adopt a fake identity to commit crimes. They might:
Identity theft is when someone commits fraud by using your personal details to carry out a crime. This can include deceiving others to open bank accounts, or applying for loans or purchasing goods and services using your bank details and money. It can also extend to ‘borrowing’ your identity to hide debts or poor credit ratings and, in extreme cases, creating fake identity documents. This crime can be extremely damaging, as not only do you feel powerless to stop the crimes being committed, you may not even be aware that it’s happening until it is too late.
If you’ve been affected by cyber crime or online fraud, we can: