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Fraud and cybercrime cost £4m

 
Created on 19/10/2016 @ 07:27
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Residents in the Dyfed-Powys Police area were scammed out of £4 million in the last year.

The latest online crime figures were released by Get Safe Online and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) who said the number was rising with scammers turning to more on line ways of stealing.

The research found a worrying gap in people’s understanding of what constitutes an online crime – 89% of people from Wales said they had not been targeted by cyber criminals in the past 12 months. But, 61% had in fact been targeted in a variety of ways.

Worryingly, one in 10 of those asked said their email or social media accounts had been hacked.

Of those who said they had been a victim of cybercrime, 67% said they felt that the matter was too trivial to report. Also, 57% said that they felt there was nothing that could be done.

Poor online safety habits have been blamed with 39% saying that they use the same password for multiple online accounts.

Pam Kelly, Assistant Chief Constable, Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “I urge the public to take online security seriously and to think carefully about the Get Safe Online messages, paying particular attention to the passwords you use online.

“Using strong passwords is an essential part of crime prevention and disruption and I urge the public to think seriously about the importance of this message. The easiest way to create a strong, memorable password is to use three random words.”

If you’ve lost money, report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Take a few minutes to read the expert, easy-to-follow, free advice on all of these and considerably more subjects at www.getsafeonline.org


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