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Press Release

02 November 2015

Fighting Fraud in Fareham

Fareham Borough Council has launched a new app that allows residents to report fraud quickly and easily from their phone.

The free app means that residents who have any concerns regarding fraud and corruption within or against the Council can report it at the touch of a button. The app includes a description of each different type of fraud so that its users can quickly identify what they need to report. It then asks for information that will allow the council to investigate.

Executive Member for Public Protection, Cllr Trevor Cartwright said: "This app will mean that residents can report fraud discreetly from their phone. There is the option to remain anonymous so that those who are reporting something can feel safe, while helping to tackle fraudsters in Fareham."

Users can also read stories about recent successes in bringing fraudsters down in the area, as well as finding contact details for the council.

To download the app, which is currently only available on the Android and iPhone, search for Fareham Fraud Reporter on the App Store or on Google Play.

 

ENDS

Notes to editor:

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) invited councils to apply for funding for innovative counter fraud initiatives. Intec and Bromley Council put in a bid for a Smartphone Counter Fraud App and invited all Local Authorities to join, which Fareham Borough Council agreed to.

 

 

For further information contact:

Becca Bennett, PR and Marketing Support Assistant, 01329 824609

fax: 01329 550576, e-mail: publicity@fareham.gov.uk



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