Helping keep our customers’ money safe is a top priority at Lloyds Banking Group. We invest tens of millions of pounds every year in the latest technology to protect our customers from fraud.

Last year criminal gangs stole over 

£470m

from individuals and small businesses by pretending to be a bank or other service provider.

 

Our mule-hunting team has uncovered over

88,000 mule accounts

and has stopped £60 million from falling into the hands of fraudsters.

We have invested more than

£100m

in our defences to stop the majority of attempted fraud. 

Our dedicated team is working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,

365 days a year

to fight fraud. 


Leading the way in the fight against fraud:

Frozen funds

We joined forces with City of London Police to launch the industry’s first pilot scheme using proceeds of crime to fund fraud-fighting and victim support programmes.

The ‘frozen’ cash – money captured from fraudsters by our specialist mule-hunting team – will be invested in projects to tackle fraud, as well as increasing education and awareness to help people recognise scams.

One of the initatives will be a new Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) specialist team tracking down criminals through cyber investigations, which can lead to disrupting other illegal activity often associated with fraud, such as drugs and people trafficking.

Funds will also be used to provide additional support for people who have fallen victim to fraudsters. One initiative that will benefit is the National Economic Crime Victim Care Unit (NECVCU) which provides one-to-one phone support, advice and aftercare to victims.

The money will also be invested into projects to protect those who are most vulnerable to fraud, including an initiative run by Age UK. The charity’s Scams Prevention and Support Programme will help older people increase their knowledge and confidence in recognising and dealing with attempted scams, helping reduce the number of people falling victim and supporting those who do in their recovery.

Developing fraud prevention technology

We were the first organisation in Europe to introduce new state of the art fraud prevention technology, helping protect our 30 million customers from telephone fraudsters. 

Our branch and telephone banking colleagues are specially trained to identify signs that could indicate that a customer could be a victim of fraud and we are a leading supporter of the ‘Banking Protocol’ initiative, working together with the police to help intervene if a customer is at risk.

We pay particular attention to the wording and design of our fraud warnings, using behavioural analysis and expert insight to prevent our customers falling victim to scams.

 

In-app 'Confirmation of Payee'

We were the first bank to provide an extra layer of protection when making online payments through the introduction of the name checking service, Confirmation of Payee.  

This service is available when both the bank you are sending the funds from and the bank who are receiving the payment have implemented the service. Prior to Confirmation of Payee it was hard to know if you were really paying the right person – something fraudsters were happy to exploit.

This service is now live for all of our Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Lloyds customers, so they can ensure they are actually paying the person they intended.


Our partnership initiatives:

  • We became one of the first banks to take part in the launch of the 159 fraud initiative, for people to use to report and check financial scams as they happen.

    Anyone who receives a call or message from somebody claiming to be from a trusted organisation and who suggests money should be transferred is being urged to hang up and call 159. They’ll then be connected to their own bank’s fraud prevention team. This new service is being promoted by Stop Scams UK - a coalition of banking and technology companies.

  • We worked with the City of London Police to design and deliver a ‘Cyber Detectives’ fraud and cyber education programme which has been independently approved by the PSHE (Personal Social Health and Economics) and added to the primary school curriculum in England. Since Feb 2021 over 3000 schools have downloaded the training.

  • We joined forces with City of London Police to launch the industry’s first pilot scheme using proceeds of crime to fund a series of fraud fighting and victim support programmes across the country.

    One of these is expanding the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)* by funding a new specialist team to track down criminals through cyber investigations, which can lead to disrupting other illegal activity often associated with fraud such as drugs and people trafficking.

    The money will also be used to provide additional support for people who have fallen victim to fraudsters

  • We’ve teamed up with The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) to create the Game Players Code - SHIELD. This is a simple, six-step guide for players to follow to help prevent scammers from accessing their personal information and protect their money from fraudsters operating in the gaming space.

Hear from our experts

 

Taking on the fraudsters together

We're joining UK Finance’s call for social media scams to be included in the upcoming Online Safety Bill.
 

Philip Robinson | 26 Oct 2021

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Fraud's no game

Consumer spend on video games is up 30% since 2019. But the increased popularity of gaming also comes the increased risk of gaming fraud. See how we're helping to keep gamers money safe online.

Philip Robinson | 18 Oct 2021

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Recognising fraud as an online harm

Rob Hailey sets out why including online financial scams in the Online Safety Bill is a crucial step in protecting platform users from fraudsters.
 

Rob Hailey | 11 May 2021

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How fraudsters trick you out of your money

Paul Davis, Group Director for Fraud and Financial Crime Prevention, speaks about how fraudsters trick you out of your money.
 

Paul Davis | 16 Feb 2021

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Links and resources

  • You can investigate any gaming-related purchases before handing over money, such as checking whether the website is blacklisted on sitechecker.
  • Evaluate whether gaming-related downloads are being made from established trusted sources and whether they are safe by checking for malware via virustotal.