The arrival of COVID also saw the arrival of a whole spate of new crimes - online, phone and in person. To keep yourself and your assets safe in today's fast moving world you need to be more vigilant than ever with personal information, passwords and security.
The basic principle is NEVER EVER no matter how convincing give your bank account/card details or any passwords or access to your computer to anyone via an unsolicited call, text or e mail. If its a phone call from someone you don't know asking you to transfer money end the call and wait a minute and dial your bank. Do not let them transfer you and do not dial until you are sure you have a dialling tone. They will pretend to end the call sometimes but still be on the line.
Fraudsters nowadays are unbelievably convincing so be aware and vigilant with e mails and unexpected phone calls.
Please keep up to date with cyber crime (online crime) as this is an area that criminals are turning to more and more.
Click on this picture belowf or an extremely useful book on scams and online crimes - a lot of useful detail on keeping your phone, computer and personal details safe
It covers -
- ONLINE CRIME
- WI-FI HOTSPOTS
- ONLINE SHOPPING ND AUCTION SITES
- COMPUTER SOFTWARE SERVICE FRAUD
- ROMANCE AND DATING FRAUD
- RECRUITMENT FRAUD
- HOLIDAY FRAUD
- TICKETING FRAUD
- ONLINE BANKING AND CARD FRAUD AND CASH MACHINES
- IDENTITY FRAUD
- COURIER FRAUD
- DOOR TO DOOR FRAUD
- INVESTMENT FRAUD
- SCAM MAIL
Useful for people who work from home or own a business -The Metropolitan Police have produced a very helpful booklet - a lot is aimed at businesses but there is some extremely useful information. Click on the picture below to read the booklet.
SOME LATEST SCAMS
A resident had a phone call stating they needed to attend a court as their national insurance number had been used fraudulently and failure to call them back to update details would mean a fine and loss of their NI number.
Phone call with an automated recording of a male voice informing you that your internet/phone has been compromised, please press to speak to somebody who can assist! Please don’t!
Someone calls claiming to be from your bank saying there's a problem with your account/card and that you need to transfer your money to a "safe" account. They ask for your account details and PIN - no bank would ever do that. Hang up
Phone call from a scammer (maybe pretending they are from Microsoft) saying your computer has a virus and they'll talk you through downloading ant virus software for free. Don't its actually spyware that can get personal details.
E mails with attachments from someone you don't know should not be opened - the attachment can carry a virus that can stop your computer from working or steal all your files and then they ask for a ransom to return the files.
Phone call pretending to be from HMRC saying you are owed a tax refund but they need your bank details - HMRC would never do this