We all rely heavily on the internet in our everyday lives. Criminals are taking advantage of this to commit offences online, using a huge range of increasingly clever tools such as phishing emails, malware, bogus online shops and much more. This is known as cyber crime.
Cyber crime is a major threat to individuals and organisations. The UK Government has classified cyber security as the same threat level as war, terrorism and natural disasters.
The best defence against cyber crime is to take effective steps to protect ourselves from attack. It is thought that 80% of cyber crime could be prevented if we all took appropriate action.
It is important to report cyber crime and fraud if it happens to you. Citizens Advice say that only 5 -15% of all scams are reported. If we don’t know about scams, we can’t help those who have fallen victim to them. Reporting not only helps to inform the work of advice and enforcement agencies, it can help to prevent future scams. If you become a victim, ensure you report it to Action Fraud.
The Devon Approach
Safer Devon works in partnership with other organisations including the police and community groups to raise awareness of cyber crime and give people the confidence to recognise and report it.
Safer Devon focuses on:
Raising awareness of cyber crime and the action people can take to prevent it.
Encouraging people to put these preventive measures in place and to report fraud if it happens to them.
The best way to reduce the risk and impact of cyber crime is to protect yourself from becoming a victim in the first place. The most important steps everyone can take are to:
1. Learn how to recognise cyber crime
2. Take appropriate measures to protect yourself
3. Report it to Action Fraud if it happens to you
4. Talk about it with someone you trust – don’t feel embarrassed if you have been a victim, it is nothing to be ashamed of.
WHO CAN I SPEAK TO?
Provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on a persons’ rights and responsibilities.
Consumer helpline : 03454 040506
Textphone : 18001 03454 040506
The UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime. This is where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Contact centre : 0300 123 2040
24/7 for businesses, charities or other organisations
Textphone : 0300 123 4050
You can view and download the latest campaign materials on cyber crime here.