Reporting a cyber crime can seem like a daunting prospect - it can often be difficult to know whether something is a crime or not. With so many different scams and ploys operating across our devices and the internet, spend some time today ensuring you know when and how to report a crime:
1) In a case of fraud or attempted fraud, including identity fraud (where your personal information is stolen and used), contact Action Fraud. You can do this via their website at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling their 24/7 helpline 0300 123 2040.
2) If you would like to report cyber-crimes which involve stalking, harassment, or grooming, contact your local police force by calling 101. Several million cases are reported to the police every year. However, if you discover an online video of child sexual abuse you can report it online to https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
3) Some online behaviour such as offensive or abusive behaviour should be reported using the report tool within the website or application itself. You can find out how to do this at https://reportharmfulcontent.com/?lang=en
If a crime has affected you and you require support, contact Victim Support at www.victimsupport.org.uk or by calling 0808 1689111. Remember that you can always contact for support regardless of when the crime may have taken place.