UK: Report says criminals operate with impunity

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Police 'struggle' to cope with surge in fraud

Fraud victims 'failed' as criminals 'operate with impunity' - report

25 January 2020

Fraudsters "operate with impunity" as a surge in cases has left police struggling to cope, a report has found.

Staff feel they cannot identify criminals and bring them to justice, the report said, at a time when there has been a 15% rise in cases.

The report, by ex-Met Police Deputy Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey, found fraud now accounts for one-in-three crimes - but just 2% are detected.

The Home Office said it will study Sir Craig's findings.

The report also revealed fewer than 1% of police officers directly investigate fraud.

And despite nearly 2,000 fraud offences being committed daily in England and Wales, just one in 50 is prosecuted.

Sir Craig warned that a lack of proper investment and inadequate technology was hampering efforts to tackle the crime.

While overall crime in England and Wales has remained "broadly static" over the past 12 months, reporting of fraud has jumped by 500,000 cases - a rise of 15%.

The review follows an investigation by the Times last year, which claimed call handlers for Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting service, had mocked victims and misled people into thinking they were dealing with police.

It is estimated 86% of fraud is committed online and around 78% of cases involves offences where suspects and offenders do not live in the same area.

Victims of fraud must report it to Action Fraud, which is overseen by the City of London Police, the force that specialises in fraud investigations.

However, Action Fraud's call centre and computer systems are handled by private companies.

Last year, an undercover Times reporter applied for a job as a call handler for one of the companies, Concentrix, at a call centre in Gourock, Inverclyde.

The Times' investigation, published last August, said:

Call handlers responsible for recording victims' fraud reports undertook just two weeks' training and were taught to mislead callers into thinking they are talking to police officers.

They quickly decide during calls whether or not to categorise victims' reports as crimes, but are told never to reveal this to victims.

Staff took fraud calls while distracted, napping or play-fighting.

Managers reportedly said the police "do absolutely everything in their power to avoid" investigating fraud.

Sir Craig visited Action Fraud as part of his review and found a number of staff had been dismissed following the newspaper's probe while others had been warned over their behaviour.

He recommended the service should now be "re-defined and brought back into line with industry standards and public expectation".

Overall, the ex-police chief said "fraud investigation in the UK needs a 'new future'".

A Home Office spokesperson said: "It is vital that fraud victims have the confidence to come forward and know that their case will be dealt with properly.

"We note this review into the standards, culture and management of Action Fraud and will look at it carefully."
 

2gg

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'operate with impunity' - it's because they are organized by officials, police is in share.
so one case i know's is even reported to the UK's police, but the police doing nothing,
full info about the case at the video, and the case description in the video description too,
this was also put on FaceBook, - but FaceBook removed that, - so what that means ? may be that satanic' FaceBook is a part or the "conspiracy"...
i guess so. - so take a look (watch) the VIDEO and judge by yourself....
 
In the Acklom case with the exception of one man (the snake, thank you again!), the police and NCA were useless.
Now whether this was by a lack of training I do not know, definetely a lack of communication and too much rules to get things done.
More; in the UK, fraudsters can change their name easily no investigation from the crown court at all.
The deed poll systems (5) are not connected one to the other, so no interaction between systems.
Furthermore the taxdepartment should be keen on fraud because fraud normally comes with taxevasion and somethimes moneylaundry.
 

2gg

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it's easy to take a SCAMMER out, if the wish existing...
just they all are together - police - con artists and the regulating authorities.
in other word: they (elite) just wanna to graze | depasture the mutton & sheep complete as possible...
 

BrickStreet

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'operate with impunity' - it's because they are organized by officials, police is in share.
so one case i know's is even reported to the UK's police, but the police doing nothing,
full info about the case at the video, and the case description in the video description too,
this was also put on FaceBook, - but FaceBook removed that, - so what that means ? may be that satanic' FaceBook is a part or the "conspiracy"...
i guess so. - so take a look (watch) the VIDEO and judge by yourself....
When the efficiency and success of a police force is measured and scored, no 'manager' within the force is going to address anything other than winnable cases.

Internet scams and fraud are far too numerous and complex for the UK police to tackle. The solution is not in Policing the internet but in Educating the internet user.

Conspiracy is an easy path to follow but it'll just eat your time and lead you nowhere.

Focus on facts, follow the facts and find the truth - just don't mistake a fact for a truth.....these are con artists.
 

BrickStreet

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In the Acklom case with the exception of one man (the snake, thank you again!), the police and NCA were useless.
Now whether this was by a lack of training I do not know, definetely a lack of communication and too much rules to get things done.
More; in the UK, fraudsters can change their name easily no investigation from the crown court at all.
The deed poll systems (5) are not connected one to the other, so no interaction between systems.
Furthermore the taxdepartment should be keen on fraud because fraud normally comes with taxevasion and somethimes moneylaundry.
Hi Charlie

Generally, the security services will have the data and be able to connect the dots. In the Acklom case he wasn't on their radar and therefore was able to skip away time and time again.

Sadly, the fact is that here in the UK a criminal needs to break a law before he becomes a person of interest - unless of course he could be a terrorist.

So the Ackloms of this world will return, time and time again.

Incidentally, I watched a great movie the other day, " The Good Liar". You'd enjoy it, Helen Mirren, Ian McKellan, excellent people, good script.

I have various alerts set up for Acklom, but don't see any new news. If you get any, please let me know.

Stay safe.
 
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