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Fraud teams

The four fraud teams investigate an expanding range of crimes increasingly facilitated by cyber technology. Tackling boiler room fraud continues to be a major priority for detectives with tens of thousands of UK investors being targeted by organised crime gangs with fraudulent schemes involving shares, carbon credits, land, diamonds, gold and oil. Other major crime areas for the teams include mortgage fraud, insider and illegal trading, ticketing fraud and identity crimes.

The Fraud Teams take on the most complex and high profile fraud investigations that cross over into multiple force areas, most notably the horsemeat enquiry. Their work is also responsible for some of the most significant fraud prosecutions and convictions in recent years, including the seven-year jail term for the UBS trader found guilty of a £2 billion trading scam.

Head of the Fraud Teams, DCI Dave Manley, said:

“The work of the fraud teams is at the heart of what the City of London Police does as the National Policing Lead for Fraud – working locally (in the City), nationally and internationally to dismantle major organised crime groups that are targeting UK citizens of all ages with an ever increasing range of frauds.

“The technological revolution means that the nature and scale of fraud is changing rapidly, with our detectives having to be able to deal respond to the reality that more and more economic crime is now being committed online.”