My report has been disseminated, what does this mean?
If your account says your report has been disseminated after Submitting your report, this means that your report has been passed on to the Concerned Crime Intelligence Agency for investigation. That Agency will have to:
- 1. Provide you with a named point of contact for your report.
- 2. Agree with you how you want to be updated on your report.
- 3. Provide you with an enhanced service if you are a vulnerable victim.
What service the police provide to you is set by the by the Code Of Conduct.Under this code you have specific rights, which include;
- 1. The right to be kept informed about the progress of your case by the police.
- 2. The right to hear when a suspect is arrested, charged, bailed or sentenced.
- 3.The right to apply for compensation.
- 4. The right to make a Victim Personal Statement to explain the impact of the crime.
- 5. The right to apply for extra help when giving evidence in court if you are vulnerable.
- 6. The right to be told when an offender will be released.
- 7. The right to information about taking part in restorative justice schemes.
- 8. The right to be referred to victims’ support services.
If you feel that your rights under the Code have not been met, then you can complain directly to the police concerned.
Why can’t Terminate Crime investigate my report?
Terminate Crime does not have investigation powers, however, the reports taken by Terminate Crime are sent to the ICPC.
The EFCC’s systems assess reports of fraud and crime from across Nigeria, helping to build a national picture of where fraud and crime has taking place and how. Experts review the data from these reports to decide whether there is enough information to send to a police force for investigation.
Why hasn’t my report been sent to a police force?
It is not always possible for every report to be investigated by a police, for example, if a suspect is located overseas or there isn’t enough information contained within your report. That doesn’t mean your report hasn’t been useful. Using reports the Agency Involved can:
- 1. Continually review and data match your reports to identify criminals behind the scams.
- 2 .Disrupt telephone numbers, websites and bank accounts that the fraudsters use to scam people.
- 3. Use the intelligence to help law enforcement agencies build up cases and catch criminals.
- 4. Provide fraud prevention alerts that help to protect the public from future harm.
- 5. Work with overseas jurisdictions to highlight fraud that helps catch criminals around the world.
- 6. Help to demonstrate the harm caused by fraud and crime. This evidence helps the Government understand the threat and allocate more resources to combat it.
Remember you can update your report at any time by logging in and adding additional information which will then be reassessed by the Intelligence Agency Involved.
Retrieving money lost to fraud
Terminate Crime is unfortunately not in a position to assist in the recovery of funds lost to fraud and in some cases this isn’t possible.
If you’ve been affected by crime, Victim Support can give you the help you need to move forward.