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Some fraudsters rely on the internet to commit their crimes. Learn about some different types of internet frauds that and how to protect yourself and get safe online.

Online frauds can include:

  • Account takeover
  • Advance fee frauds
  • Bank card and cheque fraud
  • Business directory fraud
  • Business opportunity fraud
  • Charity donation fraud
  • Clairvoyant or psychic scams
  • Click fraud
  • Domain name scams
  • Fraud recovery fraud
  • Government agency scams
  • Health scams
  • Holiday fraud
  • Identity fraud
  • Inheritance fraud
  • Internet auction fraud
  • Internet dialler scam
  • Investment fraud and land banking scams
  • Loan scams
  • Lottery scams
  • Mass marketing fraud
  • Miracle health scams
  • Money muling
  • Online shopping fraud
  • Plastic card fraud
  • Rental fraud
  • Romance scams
  • Vehicle matching scams
  • West African or 419 scam
  • Work from home scams

How to report it

If Fraud has been committed report it to Action Fraud. For more advice and to raise any concerns, contact the Office of the Public Guardian.

Source - Action Fraud

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person.

Advance fee fraud

Advance fee fraud is when fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise.

Corporate fraud

Corporate fraud can be any fraud committed against a business.

Individual fraud

Individual fraud could be any fraud that targets a person directly.

Online fraud

Some fraudsters rely on the internet to commit their crimes. Learn about some different types of internet frauds that and how to protect yourself and get safe online.

Identity fraud and identity theft

Identity theft is when your personal details are stolen and identity fraud is when those details are used to commit fraud.
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