Reporting scam emails to Met Police

Peter Sommer peter at
Sun Dec 4 07:45:44 GMT 2011

The cyber security strategy document published on 25 November shows the 
longer term aims of the NCSP:

4.33 In parallel we are taking action to make sure that it is simple and 
straightforward for members of the public to report cyber crimes. Of 
course this should include being able to do so online.
4.34 Over half of all police forces already provide a facility for the 
public to report crime online, though these range from basic systems for 
certain crime types to fully integrated crime reporting tools. We will 
support forces to move to full online crime reporting by helping them 
identify good practice.
4.35 People are already encouraged to report fraud, including cyber 
fraud, through the internet, using the Action Fraud tool. We will make 
it easier for people to do this by improving its accessibility and 
functionality. Crime reports can currently take up to 30 minutes to 
complete online. We will aim to reduce that time by a half.
4.36 As well as allowing the police to follow up directly on individual 
crimes, better reporting will help build our intelligence picture 
through the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, improving the targeting 
of enforcement resources and feeding into crime prevention advice.

These are, of course,ambitions...

Peter Sommer

On 03/12/2011 17:25, Peter Tomlinson wrote:
> For some time the Met Police have been inviting the forwarding of scam 
> emails to National Fraud Authority <email at>. I have 
> just now sent them one, having not sent any for a while. PlusNet 
> (which I use for sending, but I receive by clicking through to another 
> ISP that hosts my incoming email service) has been very actively 
> blocking reporting of them when Cloudmark has already picked up and 
> banned the URL of the malevolent web site that the body of the email 
> sends you to - but today one got through to actionfraud, and I got the 
> response copied below:
>    Thank you for your email.
>    Reporting scam emails has changed and we are no longer taking emails
>    through email at
>    If you would like to report a scam email, a fraud or need guidance
>    on fraud and how to protect yourself, please go to
> Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud
>    reporting centre.
>    To report a crime that is not fraud related please contact your
>    local police. Police force contact details can be found at
>    To make an anonymous crime report please phone Action Fraud on 0300
>    123 2040.

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