This festive season the States of Jersey Police is running ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ to help protect our community from falling victim to cyber-fraudsters.
Kicking-off on ‘Black Friday’ (Nov 28), which marks the start of the busiest four days of internet shopping of the year, we will begin to raise awareness of the dozen most likely online frauds that have the potential to ruin your festive fun.
Working in partnership with the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead for Fraud, we begin by shining a light on the do’s’ and ‘don’ts of online shopping.
So far in 2014 74% of all adults in the UK have bought goods or services online, and this December around 50% of UK citizens are expected to use the internet to buy more than half of their Christmas presents.
The good news is the majority of us will still have our presents delivered to our doorstep or into our email account without a hitch.
However, the sad reality is there will also be people for whom Christmas will be damaged, and in some cases destroyed, after finding out they have fallen foul of heartless criminals who specialise in tricking internet users with the promise of great online deals and big cash savings.
After ‘Black Friday’ we move on to ‘Cyber Monday’ (Dec 1) where we will be focusing on the hazards of opening Christmas e-Cards sent via email which, unknown to the recipient, may be carrying a virus (malware) that can embed itself and then corrupt your smart phone, tablet or laptop.
And then, every 24 hours for the next ten working days, we will be flagging up the threat of ten more online festive frauds, identified by the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) as being the most likely at this time of the year . The December running order is:
Nov 28: Online shopping fraud
Dec 1: Christmas e-cards
Dec 2: Auction fraud
Dec 3: Holiday fraud
Dec 4: Loan and investment scams
Dec 5: Ticketing fraud
Dec 8: Donating to charity
Dec 9: Mobile malware/malicious apps
Dec 10: Money transfers
Dec 11: Social media scams
Dec 12: Dating/romance scam
Dec 15: Mobile payments
All of the advice and guidance to each of the frauds can be found on the SOJP website and our social media feeds as the campaign is rolled out over the next couple of weeks.
More internet safety advice can also be found at www.getsafeonline.org and www.cyberstreetwise.com
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Beechey said: “Cybercrime is something that is beginning to increasingly affect us all across the Channel Islands. By drawing on the expertise and information developed by other Forces we can best advise the public in Jersey as to how to try and protect themselves with regards to this particular type of heartless crime.”
City of London Police Commander Steve Head, who is the National Police Economic Crime Coordinator and overseeing ‘The 12 frauds of Christmas’ campaign, said:
“Easy access to the internet has revolutionised the way we shop and pay for Christmas gifts and festive breaks, and how we go about searching for a New Year romance. Unfortunately it has also made us vulnerable to crooks that specialise in creating online cons that lure people in with the promise of cheap deals and stress-free purchasing, or that corrupt our smartphones, tablets and lap tops with computer viruses.
“The key to staying safe this December, and throughout 2015, is to understand the nature of the threat we face and to have easy access to information that will keep us out of the clutches of cyber-fraudsters.
“This is why we have created the ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ and set-up a unique law enforcement and public and private sector partnership that I believe can deliver the campaign’s key information and safety tips to millions of people who will be using the internet over the next few weeks in search for the best possible gifts and the most stress free festive period.”
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