Fraud Prevention Unit
The WSTA works with HMRC and other law enforcement agencies to prevent and respond to cases of fraud. The WSTA is a member of the Joint Alcohol Anti-Fraud Task Force. The WSTA Fraud Prevention Unit enables its members to share information on fraudulent activity, with a view to preventing it from spreading within the industry.
The WSTA deals with strategic issues and cases relating to duty and VAT avoidance, counterfeiting, wine investment fraud, company hijack and overseas fraud. As well an enabling members of the unit to share information confidentially, the WSTA has also set up a dedicated website: 'Investing in Fine Wines', which gives advice about what to consider when deciding whether to invest in wine.
The fraud prevention unit was set up with support from Operation Sterling and works with several other law enforcement agencies including HMRC, the Food Standards Agency, the Serious fraud Office and Trading Standards.
If you would like to to report alcohol-related fraud confidentially, then you can contact the HMRC hotline on 0800 595 000; or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2024 or e-mail David Richardson on [email protected]
The WSTA has teamed up with Crimestoppers, to run a targeted campaign encouraging the general public to report criminals selling illicit alcohol and undermining legitimate businesses - http://bit.ly/Crimestoppers_AlcoholFraud
If you are in immediate danger you should call 999.
For further information:
- If you would like to report fraud, email the fraud unit or contact [email protected]
- For advice on wine investments, visit the 'Investing in Fine Wines' website published by the WSTA
- The Metropolitan Police, investing in fine wines advice