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A National mini campaign run by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Cyber Aware has started today (14/11/22) advising –

Festive shoppers to be Cyber Aware as figures reveal average online losses of £1,000”

“BARGAIN HUNTERS are being urged to bolster their cyber security in the approach to the festive season after new figures revealed victims of online shopping scams lost on average £1,000 per person in the same period last year.

Scams ranged from one shopper losing more than £150 trying to purchase a mobile phone on social media to another being duped out of more than £7,000 during an attempted online campervan purchase.

Meanwhile, another victim lost almost £500 when trying to buy shoes on a social media platform, and a fourth lost £145 trying to make a similar purchase.

The new figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) come as the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – which is a part of GCHQ – launched a nationwide drive to promote its Cyber Aware campaign to help shoppers protect themselves online.

The Cyber Aware campaign advises simple steps for shoppers to reduce their risk of suffering similar losses during this year’s Black Friday (25 November) and pre-Christmas period.

Anyone who think they have been a victim of fraud should contact their bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

More information is available by searching #FraudFreeXmas.

The figures, which come from reports made to Action Fraud and analysed by NFIB, showed that shoppers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland were scammed out of £15.3m between November 2021 and January 2022, and that the age group most likely to fall victim was 19 to 25-year-olds.

They also showed that average losses rose year on year. Between 1st November 2020 and 31st January 2021, the average loss per person was £549 including reports with no financial loss, while for the same period last year that figure increased to £775.

The findings from reports made to Action Fraud and analysed by the NFIB revealed that:

  • Almost half of the scams reported to Action Fraud mentioned one social media platform, showing that this is by far the most likely medium for shopping and auction fraud to take place. One victim lost £480 when trying to purchase shoes via a seemingly reputable social media account.
  • Of the 19,744 reports, 20% were related to the purchase of electronics and 13% to mobile phones.
  • Fraud related to the purchase of selling vehicles was the third most common (8%), with one victim losing over £7,000 to criminals while trying to purchase a campervan online.

Action Fraud and the NCSC are urging online shoppers to protect their accounts, check before they buy, and use secure payment methods in order to stay ahead of the threat from criminals this shopping season:

  • Protect your accounts: set up 2-step verification and use three random words passwords to prevent cyber criminals from gaining access to your shopping, bank or email accounts.
  • Choose carefully where you shop: Research online retailers, particularly if you haven’t bought from them before, to check they’re legitimate. Read feedback from people or organisations that you trust, such as consumer websites.
  • Pay securely: Use a credit card when shopping online, if you have one. Most major credit card providers protect online purchases and are obliged to refund you in certain circumstances. Using a credit card (rather than a debit card) also means that if your payment details are stolen, your main bank account won’t be directly affected. Also consider using a payment platform, such as PayPal, Google or Apple Pay. And whenever you pay, look for the closed padlock in the web address bar – it means your connection is secure”

The full item can be found here:https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/festive-shoppers-urged-to-be-cyber-aware

Please consider making your staff aware of this advisory messaging.

As always, please do contact your local Police Forces in direct response to this campaign should there be specific questions, as these can be directed to the NCSC:

If there is a need to report Fraud and or Cyber-crime, this should be done direct to Action Fraud:https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/guide-to-reporting

Thank you, regards.

Mr M Godsland | CISMP

Police Cyber Security Advisor

Thames Valley Police & South East ROCU

SEROCU, PO Box 363, Kidlington, OX5 9DB

 

Please do not contact your local Police Forces “in direct response to this campaign should there be specific questions, as these can be directed to the NCSC: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/about-this-website/contact-us

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Have you spotted a suspicious email or text?

If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):
                         report@phishing.gov.uk

Forwarded suspicious texts to7726.
This free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.

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Credentials – A user’s authentication information used to verify identity – typically one, or more, of password, token, certificate.

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Have you received a phishing email recently? You can now report it to report@phishing.gov.uk

For further information see: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails

Report a suspicious website – NCSC.GOV.UK

Create your own Cyber Action Plan to improve your cyber security here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/actionplan

 

**Guide to the reporting of Fraud and Cyber Crime to Action Fraud**

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/guide-to-reporting

https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/how-to-get-your-money-back-after-a-scam-amyJW6f0D2TJ

Mark Godsland | CISMP

Police Cyber Security Advisor

Thames Valley Police & South East ROCU

SEROCU, PO Box 363, Kidlington, OX5 9DB

  
 
 
 
 

Advice on how to stay secure online from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/home

 

The SECRC is working with the public, private and academic sectors to provide businesses with free guidance and affordable cyber services.https://www.secrc.co.uk/

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