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Covid-19 update

7 May, 2020 | Statements

The SFO continues to investigate suspected fraud, bribery and corruption, adapting ways of working where necessary to adhere to Government guidance.

The office remains open for staff performing essential functions which cannot be done remotely, but all staff who are able to do so are working from home, utilising remote alternatives to tasks usually completed face-to-face and prioritising work which can be done remotely. In this way, we have been able to continue to follow active lines of inquiry in open investigations, as well as looking into allegations and referrals at the “pre-investigation” stage.

Our priority at this time is to minimise the health risk to our staff and to all those who come into contact with the SFO. We are following the latest Government advice and working closely with partners in the public and private sector to ensure we do this, and will adapt our response according to the latest guidance.

Information for victims and witnesses

Investigations into suspected fraud, bribery and corruption continue, and we are working with our partners in HM Courts and Tribunals Service to ensure that court proceedings can go ahead as soon as practicable.

Please note that we are unable to deal with physical correspondence sent by post. Please send correspondence electronically to public.enquiries@sfo.gov.uk, or, if your correspondence is ongoing, to the relevant member of staff.

If you wish to report allegations of fraud to the SFO, you should use the secure reporting form on our website.

Information for legal representatives

We continue to process electronic information. Case teams will contact you with relevant information relating to adapted ways of working. If you have any questions about the particulars of your client’s situation, you should contact the relevant case team directly.

Covid-19 fraud

Fraudsters will look to use the uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis to scam innocent people out of their money. The SFO is united with its law enforcement partners in our desire to prevent such fraud and hold the perpetrators to account.

If you think you may have fallen for a scam, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk. You can also report suspicious texts by forwarding the original message to 7726, and report suspicious emails by forwarding the original message to report@phishing.gov.uk.