Devon and Cornwall Police have announced that the way fraud is reported and investigated is changing from today.
Victims of fraud and internet crime should now contact Action Fraud directly to report a fraud instead of the police.
This can be done by either calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or reported via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Non-emergency police call handlers who receive reports of fraud will direct callers to contact Action Fraud.
There are circumstances in which the police should still be called and will respond:
• If the victim is in immediate danger
• If there is a chance that the suspect could be caught at that time or there is a known local suspect.
• If the victim is vulnerable or at risk, officers will assist victims in reporting their crime to Action Fraud.
Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud reporting centre and is run by the National Fraud Authority.