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Protecting again Cybercrime and Fraud

Alert message sent 03/05/2020 11:40:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police

We recently sent out a nationally created leaflet advising on “Protect against fraud” (attached for info)
The leaflet outlined three areas of concern, and following some pertinent and helpful comments and observations, I am emailing you to offer some wider guidance and clarity which I hope will be useful.
Sadly there has been a surge in cyber incidents and fraud and as a result putting out even more messaging and advice that we would normally. 

“Paying for items such as face masks which don’t exist or are faulty”
Rule No.1
Do NOT respond to unsolicited emails or texts offering items for sale. You have no way of verifying if the seller (or goods) are legitimate or not.
If you are wishing to source items, do your research.  Where possible, buy from trusted, known and reputable suppliers – either online, or on the high street where stores are open.
Online purchases – there are options such as eBay and Amazon where you do have comeback should there be a problem with the seller.  Pay by PayPal (ensuring you select “Pay for Goods and Services” so that you are covered by PayPal Buyer Protection! If you are asked to change to “Friends and Family”, be aware that you are NOT covered by PayPal Buyer Protection.
Being encouraged to click on fake Gov.UK websites
Fraudsters set up FAKE webpages that are almost identical to the real ones – because they copy the coding (programming). 
Quite simply, the easiest way to AVOID fake pages, is to make it an absolute rule to NEVER click on a link/shortcut in an email or a text. Look for the page you want by searching a web browser.
"Texts and emails asking people to donate to charities which are fake"
If they are asking for BitCoin or for money to be sent directly to a bank account, you should be very wary!
If you wish to support good causes, do some online research, look for supporting media coverage etc. Googling or searching social media is a good start to see if if legitimate as people will “call out” known scams.
If you think you have been scammed, contact your bank immediately and report it to also report to Action Fraud.
Reporting cybercrime and fraud is important – we don’t know unless you report it.  You can report online at www.actionfraud.police.uk  or by calling 0300 123 2040
If you receive scam text messages on your mobile, you can forward these to 7726 which spells SPAM on your mobile keypad.
If you receive scam or phishing emails, you can forward these to report@phishing.gov.uk
The more information we share, the more aware and prepared we can all be.
Please don’t assume everyone knows – share this information with others!
We hope you find our messages useful, and hope that you will consider encouraging others to sign up to the free Neighbourhood Link messaging system.
via www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk
Message sent by
Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)
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Home Office COVID-19 fraud leaflet A5.pdf611.4 KB

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