The U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office Tuesday announced a new way to blow the whistle on fraud and corruption.
It’s a hotline called ‘SFO Confidential.’
Reports can be filed by phone or email.
Confidentiality is assured — except on ‘a strictly need-to-know basis or if a judge orders’ disclosure.
The announcement didn’t mention rewards for whistleblowers.
SFO Director Richard Alderman (who we’ll miss after he steps down) said:
I want people to come forward and tell us if they think there is fraud or corruption going on in their workplace. Company executives, staff, professional advisors, business associates of various kinds or trade competitors can talk to us in confidence. I have set up a special team to make the SFO readily accessible to whistleblowers, with trained staff sympathetic in dealing with any anxieties people might have about coming forward. I want whistleblowers to feel comfortable about it and use SFO Confidential to help flush out fraud.
The SFO Confidential phone number is 020 7239 7388. It operates from 9 to 5 Monday to Friday.
Reports can also be made any time by email here.
Guidance and reporting forms are here.