Time's up scamsters - Action Fraud is coming to get you


Do you regularly receive scam emails and letters? Does it get right on your tits? Would you like to see something done about it? Well don’t just sit on your thumbs moaning about it all – not when you could be forwarding them on to the Action Fraud website as cobbled together by the National Fraud Authority instead. How do we know that they’re not fraudsters too? Well, they’ve got the word ‘National’ in their name so they must be legitimate. Eh?

The Action Fraud site is a new initiative and the aim is to track down, round up and kill the fraudsters who rake in millions every year from scamming the vulnerable and helpless. Okay, maybe not kill – sounds like a good idea but there could be a few legal snags along the way.

The e-mails received by Action Fraud will be forwarded to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, where they will be pored over for evidence of wrongdoing. Action Fraud say that more than 3,000 bewildered sorts reported being scam victims last year, but this is believed to be the tip of the iceberg. Astonishingly, the average victim who does report a fraud has lost £27,000.

Come on crimefighters - let’s team up and nail these bastards once and for all.


  • The D.
    I'd like to report the Cones Hotline. I've been phoning them for ages and they never do a thing.
  • dunky
    But i'll still get my 50 million dollars?...right?
  • Just A.
    Your first paragraph of this particular story wasn't the best time to sound a bit cynical or sarcastic. Is it a legit site or not? Here's what happens if you forward a scam mail to Fraud Action: "Delivery Status Notification (Failure)" comes bouncing back. Cheers for making things clear as mud before publishing.
  • dover s.
    I too tried to froward scam emails to have them bouncced back, is this a genuine site or not and if so why are the emails being bounced back?
  • TimB
    Hmmm.... [email protected] SMTP error from remote mail server after end of data: host mx0.123-reg.co.uk []: 550-ATLAS(2503): Your email was detected as spam. (RCPTs: 550 [email protected])
  • Stephen T.
    LOL .... me too: Technical details of permanent failure: Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 550 550-ATLAS(2503): Your email was detected as spam. (RCPTs: 550 [email protected]) (state 18).
  • Ruth R.
    Their website says: "Got an email bounce back? We have still received the scam emails you forward to us even if you get a bounce back message. The bounce back message just means the email has gone into a holding area for spam, which is then released and received by us as usual. You therefore do not need to contact us again once you have forwarded your scam emails. " Very confusing and they should really come up with a better way of acknowledging mail! They encourage you to do it then you get an email saying it hasn't worked! After having been told umpteen times I am receiving a tax rebate from the inland revnue (spelled wrongly!) I am just going to forward them and hope....!
  • Samcar
    AOL won't let you send emails it recognises as spam and bounces them back with a delivery failure message. If you can get an email through you'll get Action Fraud's bounce back which is different and tells you it's in a waiting area. Does anyone know how to get an email through to them with AOL??
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