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What is Cifas?

Cifas is a not-for-profit company working to protect businesses, charities, public bodies and individuals from financial crime. We have more than 25 years of experience in fraud prevention and financial crime, working with a range of UK organisations to protect their customers and the public.

 

Our mission is simple: to detect, deter and prevent fraud.

We do this by harnessing technology, sharing data and working in partnership. We provide the most comprehensive databases of confirmed fraud in the UK to over 300 organisations, enabling them to share confirmed fraud cases and cooperate to combat fraud.

Sharing this data on confirmed fraud and fraud risks helps the UK to stay one step ahead of fraudsters and to break down industry silos – we work across the private, public and third sectors and law enforcement to unify and strengthen their fraud prevention work.

We enable fraud prevention professionals to access expert advice, fraud data, informative events and detailed training, and to network with colleagues across sectors. Find out more about how your organisation can join Cifas.

For individuals and vulnerable groups, we offer fraud prevention advice and identity protection. Find out more about protecting your identity and our Protective Registration services..

We also work closely with UK law enforcement partners, including the City of London Police (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau), the National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police Service.

 

Our history

Following a rapid rise in fraud losses in the 1980s, which mostly affected retail lenders, a number of the lenders met in 1987 to consider their position. When asked for their input, the police suggested fraud prevention be a non-competitive issue and that organisations would need to co-operate and communicate to reduce fraud successfully.

After a series of meetings, the retailers came up with the unique concept of Cifas: the first data sharing scheme of its kind in the world. Cifas became operational in late 1988.

Read more about the history of Cifas.

 

Our data

 

Our news and campaigns

Get the latest news about Cifas and the world of fraud and financial crime prevention in our Press Centre.

 

Our values

  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Expertise
  • Collaboration

Find out more about our work in upholding these values in our Annual Report.

 

Our people

Having first achieved the Investors in People Core Standard in 2012, Cifas is proud to have been upgraded to the Silver Standard of Accreditation in 2017.  This acknowledges our continued commitment to excellence in the way that we manage and engage with our employees.

Read about our Board of Directors and how Cifas is governed.

 

Want to know more about Cifas? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.