Dispelling urban myths around fraud

Cyber Security - Has It Clicked?

28 Oct 2015

Officers from Humberside Police are supporting a new drive to help you separate fraud fact from fraud fiction.

As part of the force’s Cyber Security – Has It Clicked? campaign, experts from the cyber crime and fraud teams are helping to highlight urban myths around scams and online crime.

Action Fraud, Humberside Police and the City of London Police have joined forces to provide information and advice about a range of common fraud myths.

And, over the next 13 working days, we will be letting you know the reality of these myths and ways to help protect yourself and your loved ones from falling into the fraudsters’ trap.

We’re kicking things off today with a well known dating fraud myth.

Many people believe that those joining dating websites are vetted before they are allowed to have a membership; however this is very rarely the case. The reality is that most dating websites allow people to sign-up to the website without vetting checks, which means that fraudsters are able to use the website to target people online and defraud them.

In the last financial year 3,543 people reported that they had been a victim of dating fraud to Action Fraud, with a total financial loss of £33,650,491.

Dating fraudsters are often particularly convincing and if the person also thinks that they have already been vetted by the dating website, it makes it even easier for the fraudster to manipulate their victim.

Myths such as this will be debunked throughout the course of the campaign, with the aim to bring people’s attention to them and provide them with the alternate reality.

DS Mike Wood from the Humberside’s Police Economic Crime Unit, said: “People should feel empowered to protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud and cyber crime and this campaign should help people to feel confident to do this.”

And we want you to get involved too.

If you have come across an urban myth you wish to share, or have questions, you can contact experts via Twitter by using #UrbanFraudMyths and #HasItClicked?

Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime, Commander Chris Greany added: “There are a number of misconceptions around fraud and cyber crime which often leave people vulnerable.

“This campaign will help to shatter these misconceptions and provide the public with a clearer picture, helping them to challenge possible urban myths and stop fraudsters in their tracks. The more information people have about the reality of fraud and cyber crime the easier it will be to stop it from taking place”.

More information about the Urban Fraud Myths campaign 

For all the latest on the HasItClicked? campaign click here, follow @humberbeat #HasItClicked? or visit the Humberside Police Facebook page.