Cyber Security - Has It Clicked?
18 Dec 2015
Hackers conned victims in the Humberside force region out of £17,692 between July and September this year.
And today experts from the force cyber team are issuing advice to prevent more people becoming victims in the future.
There were a total of 33 cyber dependant crimes – offences that can only be committed using a computer or computer network – resulting in the loss of £5,665.
However, the biggest losses during this period were as a result of cyber enabled crimes – traditional offences which can be increased in their scale and reach by using computers.
A total of £12,027 was lost, with the majority of victims falling for bogus computer software tech support calls.
Detective Inspector Rich Osgerby from the force cyber crime team said: “The victims are called by someone claiming to be from Microsoft or Apple, who say either there is something wrong with their device or that they need credit card details in order to validate software.
“The offenders often use the names of well-known companies to make themselves seem more legitimate, so it’s important to think twice before you give out any personal information.
“This isn’t something that is targeted exclusively at the elderly either. Research shows the majority of victims in this area are in their 30s or in their 60s.”
Common scams of this kind include:
• Calls from ‘tech support’ to fix your computer
• Receiving unsolicited emails with attached security updates
• Being asked for credit card information to ‘validate your copy of windows’
• Being told you have won the Microsoft Lottery
DI Osgerby added: “Legitimate firms will not send out unsolicited emails or make unsolicited calls asking for your personal or financial information, or offering to fix your computer.
“There is also no such thing as the Microsoft Lottery, so anyone claiming you have won is scammer.
“I would advise anyone receiving this kind of contact to delete the email or hang up the phone.”
Other cyber enabled offences reported to Action Fraud in Humberside between July and September include:
• Online bank account fraud.
• Mandate fraud – which sees the scammer persuading their victim to change an existing direct debit, standing order or bank transfer by posing as an organisation you already make regular payments to.
• Online shopping and auction fraud
For more on keeping yourself and your family safe online, visit the Humberside Police Cyber Security – Has It Clicked? campaign page, where you will find links to all the latest expert tips and advice.
You can also follow @humberbeat #HasItClicked? on Twitter and check out the force Facebook page.