In 2018, criminals successfully stole £1.2 billion through fraud and scams (source) which was made up of £345 million in ‘authorised’ fraud and £845 million in ‘unauthorised’ fraud.
When it comes to online activity there are many places that fraudsters could try to target innocent internet users. Here are some points to note about online crime.
What can I do to protect myself against fraud?
There are a lot of ways that you can protect yourself from becoming an easy target for these criminals. Here are the main ways to ensure your online and your offline self is as safe as possible.
Phishing, vishing and smishing
There are many ways that fraudsters will try to contact you directly in order to try a scheme. This is called social engineering as they are manipulating their victims into thinking that they are someone of authority that the victim can trust.
We live in a very digital world but there are still times when in-person crime takes place. Keep yourself safe from bogus callers and doorstep criminals with these hints and tips.
Coronavirus related scams
Fraudsters are using the current pandemic to fraud the most vulnerable people out of their hard earned money. These include covid-19 supplies scams, online auction scams, telephone scams and door-to-door scams