Cyber crime is quite new and not easily understood by many.  As the internet is becoming more popular with many as a means to bank, purchase items and connect with people, organised crime groups are constantly looking for ways to exploit people on-line.

There are a number of ways criminal can target you through cyber-crime:

  • Consumers (on-line purchases)
  • Phishing: bogus emails asking for security information and personal details
  • Webcam manager: where criminals takeover your webcam
  • File hijacker: where criminals hijack files and hold them to ransom
  • Keylogging: where criminals record what you type on your keyboard
  • Screenshot manager: allows criminals take screenshots of your computer screen
  • Ad clicker: allows a criminal to direct a victim’s computer to click a specific link

Tips and Advice

  • When on-line shopping follow these important safety tips – Guide to Shopping Safely online
  • Never disclose or write down you password
  • Staying safe in the cloud – SAGE Advice
  • Make sure any passwords are a selection of letters, numbers and characters
  • Although one password helps you remember, it also allows for criminals to access all of your on-line accounts with one password
  • Never pay for services on-line if you are unsure of the organisation
  • Never disclose any personal details in email or over the telephone
  • Your bank will never call and ask you for a full password or on-line banking information
  • If a caller asks for on-line information – decline
  • Ensure your computer has a firewall and virus software package installed
  • Delete any emails asking for information you feel uncomfortable providing
  • Never call a number you receive by text or email it may be a premium charge call
  • If you are sent an email or text with a link, only click if you are absolutely sure of the source
  • If in doubt do not give away information or click on anything

Report any incidents of fraud or online crime to Action Fraud either online at or on 0300 123 2040