How do I report fraud or corruption?
The Evaluation & Intelligence Unit is responsible for preliminary assessment of all incoming complaints and information. If you would like to make a complaint to the SFO, please contact us, call 0800 109 800.
It is important to intervene as early as possible in cases of serious or complex fraud, in order to mitigate any losses which may arise. We therefore encourage contact at an early stage.
If we are not the correct agency to deal with a complaint, we will ensure the matter is referred to the relevant agency for further action.
Evaluation of complaints
A complaint is first evaluated against our investigation criteria. If it’s a matter that falls within the responsibilities of the SFO, the complaint will proceed through an initial inquiry phase. At the end of this process, the complainant will be advised of its status.
During the inquiry phase, we gather sufficient evidence (without the use of statutory powers) to determine whether or not the matter warrants further, formal investigation using powers provided under Part I or Part II of the SFO Act.
The Director will then determine the matter in one of the following ways:
• Commence an investigation under Part I of the Act
• Commence an investigation under Part II of the Act
• Refer the matter to another government or private sector agency
• Close the file without further investigation.
What will be required of me?
We have a statutory requirement to meet a specified evidential threshold before the Director can commence an investigation. To help us meet this threshold, please provide all information known to you during the complaint process.
If you would like to make a complaint to the SFO, please contact us, call 0800 109 800.