Cumbria Police are advising people to take simple steps to help prevent online fraud, as part of their week-long cybercrime campaign.
– Detective Superintendent Andy Slattery
“The internet is a definitely a key target for fraudsters due to the sheer amount of personal and financial information people now provide online.
"The internet has made shopping, banking and communicating easier than ever – but there is a dark side to the internet.
“One area of online fraud we have seen an increase in is whereoffenders target vulnerable, often elderly, people through dating websites.
"One typical scam involves women being contacted by people pretending to be from the armed forces abroad, who ask for money.
"We have seen people lose thousands of pounds through these scams."
Below are some steps to help keep you safe online:
- Do not give out any personal information before verifying the credentials of who is asking.
- Beware of phishing emails. Remember that banks and financial institutions will not ask you to click on a link in an email and confirm your bank details.
- Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed.
- Sign-up to ‘Verified by Visa’ or ‘MasterCard Secure Code’ whenever you are given the option online.
- Be very wary of emails offering you business deals out of the blue – if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.