National Trading Standards eCrime Team
The National Trading Standards eCrime Team monitors and investigates a number of online consumer and business frauds including website dating scams, misleading websites, subscription traps and online shopping frauds.
The team provides national support to all local authority areas in England and Wales to help tackle the increasing threats to businesses and consumers from internet scams and rip-offs. The team provides advice and forensic support and undertakes intelligence-led investigations.
Visit the National Trading Standard eCrime Team website for further information.
Our Team in Action
Our eCrime Team have launched advice for consumers around ‘copycat’ websites following a number of investigations that were led by the team. The campaign urged consumers to:
- Use GOV.UK to find government services – it is the easiest and most secure place to find government services and information online.
- Instead of searching for the services you need via a search engine, go to GOV.UK and use the search function there. Then you’ll know you’re on the official site.
- If you do use a search engine, look out for the differences between natural search results and paid-for search results.
- Report a misleading or copycat website, you can call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.
- For more news about our e-crime team in action see the latest headlines
See our press release on how to wise up to the web and avoid being conned by copycat web sites.
Watch our video here:
National Trading Standards eCrime Team Press Releases
Landmark prosecution for secondary ticketing fraud
13th February 2020
Criminals sentenced for money laundering fraudulent rental payments
20th September 2019
Suspected computer software fraudsters arrested
12th April 2019
£6 million confiscated from ‘copycat’ website criminals
3rd April 2019
Passport service website operator sentenced
2nd August 2018
The National Trading Standards Work Areas
National Trading Standards has teams overseeing a range of issues, from copycat websites to doorstep crime.