Thought you may like to have some useful web sites to give you helpful information on Cyber Crime and how to keep yourself safe.
They are suitable for all audiences so perhaps you can sit with your children over the holidays and have a chat about it and how secure they are on line. For instance is their Facebook privacy settings at the highest level?? Are yours?? Do they use obvious passwords to get into their computer?? Do you?? Cyber Crime applies to us all and so we all have to ensure we are all safe. If someone calls wanting to sell you something do you happily give out your bank details, including your 3 digit number on the back?? Once they have those details they can go shopping on your card!!!
- NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR PAYMENT DETAILS UNLESS YOU ARE 100% SURE OF THE COMPANY.
- A BANK WILL NEVER ASK YOU FOR YOUR BANK DETAILS AS THEY HAVE SECURITY QUESTIONS TO VERIFY YOU.
IF IN DOUBT TO ANY OF IT, GET THE MAIN COMPANY NUMBER OF THE PERSON WHO IS CALLING FROM THE WEBSITE, PUT THE PHONE DOWN AND CALL BACK ON A DIFFERENT PHONE ABOUT 20 MINUTES LATER.
FINALLY, IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO YOU BELIEVE IS VULNERABLE TO THESE TYPE OF CALLS, SADLY THEY ARE USUALLY TARGETED TOWARDS THE ELDERLY, PLEASE TALK TO THEM AND LET THEM KNOW OF THESE GENERAL RULES. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO WARN THEM OF THE DANGERS OF CON MEN. WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL 'COURIER' FRAUDS RECENTLY IN THE BEACONSFIELD AREA.
A 'courier' fraud is where a man pretending to be a police man (usually a DC, DCI or similar) will call the victim and tell them that their bank is under suspicion and their money is at risk. The victim is told to go to the bank and withdraw all their money, or a specified amount, and then a taxi comes to them and picks up their money. The victim is given a story to tell the bank as they must not tell them the truth as the bank is under investigation etc etc. Sadly we have had too many of these courier frauds so the message is not getting to everyone. Please talk to anyone you feel may need this information, or pass this on for others to talk to older people.
Please do let me know if you want further information.
Enjoy your wet Wednesday :(