NCA Fraud Initial Communication

During the night the NCA duty officer replied to the Fraud Report, stating:

“Our Ref: 1122087

Thankyou for your email dated 04/07/2016. The National Crime Agency is not a crime reporting agency and as such does not have the capacity to deal with your report…In this case you may consider lodging your complaint with yout local police who can be contacted on the non-emergency line 101.”

While I appreciate the sentiment, I’m not wearing that. It’s lazy.

My reply, sent just now was as follows:

“Dear NCA,

I am not the correct person to discuss the semantics of crime reporting and crime recording with. Nor, indeed, ‘remit’.

I have attached the report for a second time. Please forward it to your Economic Crime Command (ECC) and ensure that it is dealt with by either yourselves or one of your partner agencies. The suggestion of recording through the use of a local police force and ‘101’ is neither suitable nor appropriate.

For the avoidance of doubt, this [Shown Below] is taken from your website.

Please either refer the report to your appropriate internal department, refer it one of your partner agencies, or otherwise deal with.

Yours,

James Patrick”

“Economic crime poses a major, and growing, threat to the wellbeing of the UK and its people. The purpose of the Economic Crime Command is to reduce the impact of economic crime (including the financing of serious and organised crime) on UK society and the UK economy.

 

Economic crime covers a range of crimes including:

  • Money laundering
  • International Corruption Unit (ICU)
  • Fraud
  • Counterfeit currency

 

Reducing the impact of economic crime cannot be delivered by the ECC or NCA alone. We work with partners and stakeholders across the public sector and the wider UK economy, seeking to bring together the most effective range of knowledge, capabilities and skills to reduce the impact the economic crime on the UK

 

We have established a coherent, strategic, UK-wide response to the threat from economic crime, based on the following ‘4P’ components of the Serious & Organised Crime Strategy:

 

Pursue those who commit serious, organised economic crime across regional, national and international borders by exploiting all possible enforcement options, using the full powers of the state to detect, investigate and disrupt criminality at the earliest possible stage and recover stolen assets.

 

Specialist departments also sit within the ECC to deliver this, including:

  1. Civil Recovery and Tax, engages when it is not feasible to secure a criminal conviction. Cases can be referred by police and wider members of law enforcement using NCA referral form
  2. International Corruption Unit (ICU), investigates serious criminal allegations of bribery and corruption that have been committed either by a UK-based person or company or in any foreign jurisdiction in the world that currently receives international development aid from the UK

 

Prevent people becoming involved in serious, organised economic crime or re-offending by bringing together stakeholders – including government regulators, professional bodies and trade associations – to put in place a range of effective barriers and deterrents.

 

Protect UK society and economy from serious, organised economic crime by reducing the vulnerability of individuals, businesses, economic infrastructure and systems. This will also involve harnessing the collective capability of the public and private sector to create an environment across the UK which is inimical to the presence of economic crime.

 

Prepare the UK for serious, organised economic crime, raising awareness about its corrosive nature and reducing tolerance of its impact on individuals, businesses and communities”.

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