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Action Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) sits alongside Action Fraud within the City of London Police which is the national policing lead for fraud.


East Restorative Justice hub

Based in Bexhill the East Restorative Justice (RJ) hub is part of the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership and provides access to RJ services for East Sussex residents.


Action on Elder Abuse
080 8808 8141
Line opening hours (Closed now)
09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday
PO Box 60001, SW16 9BY

Action on Elder Abuse is a UK wide charity focusing exclusively on the issue of elder abuse.  They run a free and confidential Helpline for victims and those at risk, providing  both emotional and practical support. It is also available for concerned relatives,  friends and professionals.


Victim Support
0808 168 9274
Line opening hours (Open now)
08:00 to 20:00, Monday to Friday
09:00 to 17:00, Saturday

Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime, not only victims, but their friends, family and any other people involved. Because we're an independent charity, you can talk to us whether or not you reported the crime to the police. We can help you find the strength to deal with what you've been through.


The Silverline
Trade Tower,
Calico Row,
London,
SW11 3YH
Walk in hours (Closed now)
09:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday

The Silver Line operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



We also offer telephone and letter friendship schemes where we match volunteers with older people based on their interests; facilitated group calls; and help to connect people with local services in their area. Our specially-trained helpline team:




  • Offer information, friendship and advice.

  • Link callers to local groups and services.

  • Offer regular friendship calls.

  • Protect and support older people who are suffering abuse and neglect


Brighton & Hove Restorative Justice hub

The Brighton and Hove Restorative Justice (RJ) hub is part of the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership and provides RJ services for  Brighton & Hove residents.


Impetus
01273 775 888

Brighton and Hove. Deliver a range of services to improve the well-being of vulnerable adults. Impetus Victim and Witness Service provide help to people with learning disabilities who have been victims or witnesses of a crime through provision of a trained advocate. Also do educational work to prevent victimisation of vulnerable people in the first place.


Time to Talk Befriending
Units 7 and 8 (buzzer 6),
First Floor,
West Werks, 41-43 Portland Road,
Hove
BN3 5DQ

At Time to Talk Befriending we believe our elders should be honoured and respected – not forgotten. Yet there are literally thousands of older people living in our local neighbourhoods who feel invisible and alone. It is therefore time for change!



Maintaining friendships and remaining active are two key factors to improving wellbeing in later life. We therefore cannot advocate befriending enough! Not only do strong friendships develop bridging the gap between generations, but some older people said they felt worthless and didn’t want to live anymore until they were matched with a volunteer for much needed companionship and ‘time to talk’.


Mediation East Sussex
01424 446808
Line opening hours (Closed now)
09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Thursday
09:00 to 15:00, Friday

We provide 4 different types of mediation: Community, Time2Talk (Intergenerational), Family (Divorce & separation), Peer (training young people in schools). Community Mediation - helping to resolve conflicts between neighbours or local community groups Mediation is a way of helping people to discuss problems and reach solutions that are acceptable to everyone involved through listening, supporting and guiding them through the process. The service is confidential (unless there is a risk of harm to anybody), impartial and independent. Time2Talk (Intergenerational Mediation) Every family has arguments from time to time, particularly teenagers and parents. Sometimes this can lead to family breakdown. Time 2 Talk helps people to talk and listen to each other, and work towards better communication and understanding. We offer help to improve/restore communications with your family, whoever you consider your family to be - whether living together or apart. Our mediators are all either accredited with the College of Mediators and or Family Mediation Council, or working toward accreditation


Citizens Advice Witness Service

Citizens Advice Witness Service can help if you have to give evidence in a criminal trial as victim or witness.  Our trained volunteers offer emotional support and practical help to witnesses before and on the day of trail. Our service is confidential, free and available for adults in every Crown and Magistrates' Court in Sussex and for children and young people in every Magistrates’ Court in Sussex.



We support witnesses, their families and friends. We can arrange for you to visit the court before the trial so you know what to expect and we'll be there on the day of the trial to keep you updated and help you during the day. 



We can provide a separate place for you to wait before and during the trial. If you would like someone to go into the court room with you we will do what we can to provide this. You can contact Witness Service online at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/.


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What support is available to victims of fraud?

If you have been a victim of fraud, there is a network of support and information available to you. Sometimes people choose not to report fraud or seek advice because they are embarrassed that they fell for a scam, con, swindle, or any other word used to describe the crime.

Remember that fraud is a crime and that fraudsters will constantly reinvent themselves to find new ways of tricking people. Anyone could be a victim.

First steps

The first thing you should do if you've been a victim of fraud is to contact Action Fraud. You can report a fraud via their online fraud reporting tool, or by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

If there is a crime being committed right now or if you are in danger you should call the police on 999.

If debit or credit cards, online banking or cheques are involved, you should contact your bank or credit card company as soon as possible. Read more about reporting a fraud to Action Fraud.

Why report to Action Fraud?

As the UK's national fraud reporting centre, Action Fraud should be your first point of contact if you have been a victim of fraud.

Reporting fraud to Action Fraud ensures that the correct crime reporting procedures are followed. We pass on all fraud cases to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), which is overseen by the police force that leads on fraud for the UK - the City of London Police. Making a crime report to Action Fraud also means that you will receive a police crime reference number. You can use your police crime reference number to update the information in your crime report, if you need to at a later date.

Can I protect myself from fraud?

Action Fraud have put together a simple list of actions that may help prevent you becoming a victim of fraud;

  1. Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.
  2. Many frauds start with a phishing email. Remember that banks and financial institutions will not send you an email asking you to click on a link and confirm your bank details. Do not trust such emails, even if they look genuine. You can always call your bank using the phone number on a genuine piece of correspondence, website (typed directly into the address bar) or the phone book to check if you're not sure.
  3. Destroy and preferably shred receipts with your card details on and post with your name and address on. Identity fraudsters don't need much information in order to be able to clone your identity.
  4. Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed. Ensure your browser is set to the highest level of security notification and monitoring to prevent malware issues and computer crimes.
  5. Sign-up to Verified by Visa or MasterCard Secure Code whenever you are given the option while shopping online. This involves you registering a password with your card company and adds an additional layer of security to online transactions with signed-up retailers.
  6. If you receive bills, invoices or receipts for things you haven't bought, or financial institutions you don't normally deal with contact you about outstanding debts, take action. Your identity may have been stolen.