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Posted: Mon, 01 Aug 2022 12:03 by Stephanie Lloyd
Be aware of phishing cyber scams
Throughout last week, Action Fraud ran a campaign called #ReportThePhish, highlighting the dangers of phishing scams. This is a type of fraud where criminals impersonate a trusted organisation through legitimate looking messages and websites to trick people into sharing their personal information.
Once criminals have this information, it can be used to perpetrate fraud and cyber against you, or in your name. More »
How big is the problem?
Phishing attacks are a common problem faced by both individuals and businesses on a daily basis.
As of 31st May 2022, the National Cyber Security Centre's Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) has received over 12mn reports from the public, and has removed over 83,000 scams and 153,000 malicious websites. The most impersonated organisations in phishing emails reported last year were the NHS, HMRC and GOV.UK.
Most phone providers are part of a scheme that allows customers to report suspicious text messages for free by forwarding it to 7726. When a text is reported to 7726, the provider can investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender, if it's found to be malicious. As of May 2022, 13,000 scams have been removed as a result of suspicious text messages reported using the 7726 service.
How can you protect yourself from phishing scams?
Most of the phishing scams reported to us have one thing in common, they started with an unexpected email or text message.
Whether it's an email asking you to "verify" your bank account details, or a text message claiming you've been in close contact with someone that's got COVID, the goal of a phishing attack is usually the same - to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.
These messages can often be very convincing, and will often try to get you to follow a link or give information urgently to try and get your details.
Here's some simple advice you can follow when it comes to dealing with phishing scams:
1 - If you have any doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly.
Don't use the numbers or address in the message – use the details from their official website. Remember, your bank (or any other official source) will never ask you to supply personal information via email.
2 - If you think an email could be a scam, you can report it by forwarding the email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Send us emails that feel suspicious, even if you're not certain they're a scam - we can check.
3 - Most phone providers are part of a scheme that allows customers to report suspicious text messages for free by forwarding it to 7726. If you forward a text to 7726, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender, if it's found to be malicious.
4 - If you've lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk
For more advice on how to protect yourself online and against other cyber crime, please visit our website: Cyber crime | Derbyshire Constabulary.» Less
Posted: Wed, 20 Jul 2022 10:57 by Stephanie Lloyd
WhatsApp scam costs victims £1.5 million
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public about the continued increase in reports about scams where victims are targeted on WhatsApp by criminals pretending to be someone they know – typically their children.
Between 3rd February 2022 and 21st June 2022, there have been a total of 1235 reports made to Action Fraud linked to this scam, with total reported losses exceeding £1.5mn. More »
Criminals will usually begin the conversation with "Hello Mum" or "Hello Dad" and will say that they are texting from a new mobile number as their phone was lost or damaged. They will then ask for money to purchase a new one, or claim that they need money urgently to pay a bill
The criminal will provide bank details for the payment to be made to, with some coming back with further demands for money.
Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:
"If you receive a message like this from a friend or family member, don't send any money until you've had a chance to call them and confirm their identity. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe."
How to protect yourself:
- STOP. THINK. CALL. If a family member or friend makes an unusual request on WhatsApp, always call the person to confirm their identity.
- You can report spam messages or block a sender within WhatsApp. Press and hold on the message bubble, select 'Report' and then follow the instructions.
- Never share your account's activation code (that's the 6 digit code you receive via SMS)
Posted: Tue, 19 Jul 2022 11:15 by Stephanie Lloyd