Fighting fraud in London
Our manifesto proposals for the next Mayor of London and London Assembly Members.
- The Mayor of London and London Assembly should continue to support the London Digital Security Centre and the Business Crime Change Board to provide more small businesses, across a range of different sectors, with advice on how they can protect themselves from fraud; particularly when a business is starting up.
- The Mayor of London should encourage London businesses to share their data on fraud across different sectors to help prevent further fraud.
- The Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC) should make tackling fraud and cyber-crime a priority area. This should mean the MOPAC 7 has another priority area – fraud and cyber-crime – and becomes the MOPAC 8.
- MOPAC should ensure that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) local teams are regularly sent data from Action Fraud and National Fraud Intelligence Bureau on the latest frauds and scams happening in their area including details of victims.
- MPS should look into focusing its efforts on tackling organised fraud rings, particularly those it suspects are using the proceeds from their scams and frauds to commit and fund other crime, and prolific fraud rings that are targeting vulnerable people.
- MOPAC should ensure that all new MPS officers have more detailed information on fraud and scams in their initial police training.
- The MPS should use its cadet force to raise awareness of fraud and cyber-crime to younger people.
- MOPAC should continue to support and fund FALCON in creating more Special Constables focussed on fraud and cyber-crime. The Metropolitan Police should continue to encourage recently retired officers, fraud prevention professionals and academics that have a specialism in fraud and cyber-crime to become FALCON special constables. These special constables should focus on talking to SMEs in their local areas about fraud, any latest scams or frauds local companies are spotting and offer prevention tips. Through doing this the Police should be able to spot local trends and pick up unreported fraud and cyber-crime.