A CRACKDOWN on fraud in the Teesside area is underway as Cleveland Police join up to a national scheme.

The force has signed up to the nationwide Action Fraud initiative which aims to enhance fraud investigations across the country.

Action Fraud acts as a central point of contact for all information related to fraud and financially motivated internet crime.

Victims of fraud can contact the group, which will record information and provide a crime reference number.

Reports of fraud are transferred to the national Fraud Intelligence Bureau at the City of London Police who then investigate and forward information to relevant police forces.

Detective Inspector Dave Turnbull, head of the Economic Crime Unit at Cleveland Police, said: “Action Fraud has numerous advantages, including providing a single point of contact for victims, centralised intelligence and enhancing the quality of targeted investigation and preventative activity.

“It is important that victims report instances of fraud and suspected fraud to Action Fraud, even if they haven’t lost money, as passing on information can help to identify fraudsters and prevent future attacks.

Victims can also access the Victim Support Service through Action Fraud, should they require confidential, emotional support and practical help.”

Fraud and internet crime can be reported at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300-1232040.