The East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre provides advice and guidance to protect and prevent businesses from falling victim to cyber crime. However, if you have become a victim of cyber crime, you need to know what to do next. This page gives you all the information you need on how to report cybercrime.
As with any type of crime, online crime should always be reported.
Why should I report it?
Reporting any online crime as soon as you find out you’ve been a victim will increase the chance of recovering your money, or in the case of identity theft, mitigating the effects. Whether financial/identity theft or abuse, immediate reporting could also help in tracking down and apprehending the perpetrator.
Reporting any online crime, however insignificant it may seem, could help the police and/or other agencies disrupt and shut down the ways that the perpetrator operates and communicates, reducing the chance of others becoming victims.
Reporting online crime also helps law enforcement agencies to link your experience to similar reported incidents. This helps build a bigger picture of threats and trends and helps allocate resources to fight them more effectively.
How to report cyber crime
If you think you have fallen victim to a cyber crime, you need to know how to report it.
You can report fraud, attempted fraud, cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number, to the national fraud reporting service, Action Fraud. Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, and takes crime reports on behalf of the police and can provide advice and guidance. Action Fraud is the national fraud reporting service, and is the starting point for any police investigation into your loss.
Report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Other useful contacts
If you want to report any other sort of online crime such as stalking, harassment or fears about online grooming, contact your local Police force by calling 101.
To report offensive or abuse behaviour on social media, use the report tool within the website or app. You can find out how to do this from Report Harmful Content.
If you discover an online image or video of child sexual abuse, please report it online to the Internet Watch Foundation.
If you are worried about online child sexual abuse, you can report it online to Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP).
Young people who need advice about their online concerns can speak to Childline by calling 0800 1111.
Depending on the nature of the crime and how you’ve been affected by it, you may want to contact Victim Support at www.victimsupport.org.uk or by calling 0808 1689111. You can contact Victim Support regardless of when the crime took place.