Did you know?
- Today's figures demonstrate how crime has changed, with fraud now the most commonly experienced offence.
- Financial fraud losses across payment cards, remote banking and cheques totalled £768.8 million in 2016, an increase of 2 per cent compared to 2015.
- You are now 20 times more likely to be robbed while at your computer by a criminal based overseas than held up in the street.
- It’s estimated that at least £670 million is lost every year by victims of the most common online scams.
Be your own Hero! Here are some TOP scams to look out for
Health - False and misleading claims may be made about health-related products, such as miracle health cures, and fake online pharmacies may offer medicines cheaply. However, the actual medicine delivered to you can turn out to be poor quality, and even harmful to your health.
Emails - Scammers will send bogus emails in the hope that people will enter their personal details. They may direct you to a fake website, trick you into thinking you’ve won a lottery or prize, or pretend to be someone you may know who has been stranded somewhere and needs money.
Some emails may also have a link or file attached for you to click on or open. These are sometimes called spam or junk emails. Opening these links or downloading the files may be harmful to your computer.
Relationship - Scammers can use social networks such as dating websites or chat rooms. Once they’ve gained your trust, they’ll start asking you for money, often by telling you an emotional or hard luck story.
Trust your instinct. If something feels wrong, it probably is. These tricks are hard to spot, so it’s always worth talking to a friend or relative about it, especially if things seem to be moving fast. Never send the person money or give them your account details.
Online Shopping - Shopping online can be quick and convenient, but you need to protect your financial information. If an online retailer does not provide adequate information about privacy, terms and conditions of use, dispute resolution or contact details. The seller may be based overseas, or the seller does not allow payment through a secure payment service such as PayPal or a credit card transaction
Are you being safe online?
Internet safety is just as important for adults as it is for children and teens. From privacy concerns to identity theft and cyber stalking, there are plenty of hazards on the web. Fortunately, a few smart moves and a dose of awareness will go a long way toward protecting you on the Internet.
Some tips how to stay safe online
- The website address starts with ‘https’ - the ‘s’ stands for secure.
- The address bar is green, which is an additional sign that you’re using a safe website.
- A padlock symbol in the browser where the website address is(but don’t be fooled if the padlock appears on the page itself).
- A current security certificate which is registered to the correct address. (this appears when you click on the padlock).
- Use the privacy and security settings on social media sites so that only friends and family can see your pages.
- Don't post any personal information- your address, email address or mobile number - publicly online. Just one piece of personal information could be used by a complete stranger to find out even more. If you want to include your birthday in your profile it's safer not to actually display it publicly - providing your full date of birth makes you more vulnerable to identity fraud.
- If you've stopped using a social media site or forum, then close your account down. There's no point in leaving personal information out there unnecessarily.
- Make sure you have anti-virus software installed on your computer and be careful what you download or install on your computer.
What to do if you are a victim of cyber crime
You can report fraud by speaking directly to a fraud specialist advisers by phoning 0300 123 2040.
They will also be able to give you help and advice about fraud, or visit their website on: