The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a Cyber Aware campaign, urging the public to follow the guidance to protect their online lives.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer has highlighted how criminals are becoming more sophisticated, and warned that events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer an opportunity for them to take advantage of online shoppers. Fraud and cyber crime are difficult to investigate and prosecute, as many of these crimes originate from abroad and criminals can cover their tracks.
The NCSC are promoting three key steps for the public to protect their online facilities :
1. Protect your accounts by using three random word passwords and set up 2-step verification for your email.
2. Check before you buy and research online retailers to check they're legitimate. Read feedback from people or organisations that you trust, such as consumer websites.
3. Report suspicious activity to the appropriate party.
You can forward suspicious texts to 7726 or emails to email@example.com, you can also report websites via the NCSC website. If you think you have been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
John Dwyer advised : "If a deal seems too good to be true, then it usually is. I would like to encourage everyone to remain vigilant when making the most of the online sales. Where fraud and cyber crime can be investigated locally, I will ensure that the Constabulary has the most up to date technology to ensure that they can do this effectively."
For more information please contact Kate Harrington-Lambert on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07815 674817.