Out-Law on 9th April reported that a critical review of the way in which UK law enforcement responds to reports of fraud underlines the importance of civil recovery routes for victims, an expert has said. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), found that victims of fraud did not always “receive the level of service they deserve” from police forces in England and Wales. The reviewers found that law enforcement tended to treat fraud cases as less of a priority, with inefficient processes and “unacceptably wide variations” in the quality of case handling. Of the 11 police forces inspected by HMICFRS, only 4 were able to tell reviewers how many of the reports of fraud they received directly resulted in police activity. The expert quoted says that victims often report a fraud in expectation that the police will respond swiftly, increasing the likelihood of the victim making a recovery…that is sadly not the usual reality, and that often a civil claim gives victims the best chance of recovering monies lost to fraud quickly.
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