The term cyber crime refers to a variety of crimes carried out online, using the internet through computers, laptops, tablets, internet-enabled televisions, games consoles and smart phones.
Cyber-enacted crimes can only be committed on the internet - stealing confidential information that’s stored online, for example.
Other crimes which are carried out online, but could be committed without the use of the internet, such as sexual grooming, stalking or harassment, bullying, and financial or romance fraud, are called cyber-enabled crimes.
Protecting yourself online
There are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of you falling victim to cyber crime, such as making sure you have up-to-date anti-virus software on your computer and strong passwords. Visit the Get Safe Online website for a wider range of practical advice on common internet scams and tips on how to keep yourself safe online.
Reporting cyber crime
If you think that you have been the victim of online fraud or identity theft and you want to report the crime or incident, contact Action Fraud either through their online portal or telephone helpdesk. Action Fraud is the national fraud reporting service, and is the starting point for any police investigation into your loss.
If you want to report any other sort of cyber crime, such as stalking, harassment, or fears about sexual grooming, contact the police.