Investigating Cyber Crime

We work with local, national, and international partners to pursue criminals across the world.

How cyber crime reporting works in the UK

Cyber crime incidents should be reported to Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for cyber crime and fraud. When a report is made to Action Fraud, that incident is initially triaged, and a crime reference number is assigned.

Depending on the type of incident and victim, the report can then be disseminated to either local, regional, or national cyber crime units to investigate.

If you are an Operator of Essential Services (OES), then you have the option to report to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), who are the public facing arm of GCHQ. More information can be found on the NCSC website here.

Successful investigations

Like many other cyber crime units, we have lead some incredible investigations, which have seen law enforcement cooperate on a global scale to convict serious offenders. Below are just a couple of examples of notable operations.

How you can help us

Cyber crime is a Tier 1 threat to the UK (alongside terrorism), yet it’s still one of the most underreported crimes.

Reporting not only aids investigations through intelligence sharing, but it helps form awareness campaigns to prevent others from becoming victims.

If you’re concerned that you’ve fallen victim to a cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or through their website below.