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Cyber Security

Cyber Security

Please read the Monthly Fraud Threat Alerts which provides trends affecting individuals and businesses as reported to Action Fraud:
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Latest Scams from National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and City of London Police

Phishing Scam (September 2017)

This latest Phishing Scam uses email regarding ‘Cancelled Order’ and ‘Tech Support’ Alert

Please be extra vigilant if you receive a cancellation email:

  • Always be aware of your online order and where you have ordered it from.
  •  When receiving an email from an online retailer, check the punctuation, grammar and spelling – poor representation often means it’s fraudulent.
  • If you receive a cancellation email, compare the order number with your order number.
  • If you click on an order link and a pop up window appears, open your computer’s Task Manager (press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC), select the browser under ‘APPS’ and click ‘END TASK’ so you can close the browser or specific tabs even when there is a pop-up or dialog message.
  • Do not give bank account details or sensitive information via unsolicited emails or calls.

Report anything to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 1213 2040.

PPI Claims Fraud Alert (September 2017)

Fraudsters are posing as officials or professionals from the Financial Conduct of Authority (FCA) and are cold calling customers stating they are eligible for a PPI Claim. They are also using text messages to convince the intended victims that their PPI claim is legitimate.  They tell you how much you can claim back but require an advance fee before processing the claim.

Please be extra vigilant if you receive a call or text message regarding a PPI claim:

  • Never take up offers of PPI claims on the spot from cold calls and text messages>
  • Check that company is registered on the FCA website.
  • Do not give bank account details or sensitive information via unsolicited emails or calls.

Report anything to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 1213 2040.

 

Five Cyber Awareness Videos

FALCON is the MPs response to Fraud and Linked Crime Online and the remit followed by The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU). The FALCON Cyber Protect Team has produced five Cyber Awareness Videos, to address the apparent lack of ‘cyber awareness’ identified by the NCSC in its National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021.

1. Passwords

Create a password that’s too hard for criminals to crack by choosing three random words, numbers and symbols. Watch the video on passwords >>

2. Computer Updates

Updates are vital in protecting your device from ransomware and other malicious software. Watch the video on computer updates >>

3. Phishing

Phishing is a form of fraud where criminals trick you into giving personal information by posing as a trusted organisation. Never call numbers or follow links from suspicious emails/texts; find the official website or number using a search engine. Watch the video on phishing >>

4. Wi-Fi Safety

Cybercriminals can intercept personal information being shared online when you use public Wi-Fi. Don’t bank, shop or do anything else that requires you to enter login details while using public Wi-Fi. Watch the video on Wi-Fi Safety >>

5. Online ID

Stop thieves stealing your ID, update privacy settings on all social media accounts. Only let people you know see your pages. Never accept a friend request from someone you don’t know and avoid posting very personal info online. Watch the video for online ID >>

 

How to Protect yourself against Ransomware

Ransomware is a form of malicious software that allows criminals to remotely lock down or encrypt files on your devices.  Read more >>

If you are an organisation that is currently suffering a live cyber attack (in progress), please call 0300 123 2040 immediately.

Useful links

Online Crime and Fraud – FALCON:  http://212.62.21.14/Site/falcon

Get Safe Online: www.getsafeonline.org

Cyber Aware: www.cyberaware.gov.uk