February Cyber Scam Update Now Available
This month: information on email & text scams claiming to be high street stores; and a scam targetting those who are looking at loans!
The Social Media revolution has changed the way we live our lives - but it's not all positive, and you need to make sure you're using social media safely.
CIFAS have released a video showing just how quickly and easily criminals may find this information on social media.
Many people use passwords which relate to something in their personal lives:
...and many post all of this information on social media for anyone to see - and potentially use against you!
Page likes and status updates about your interests may let criminals know more about your lifestyle.
By seeing this, fraudsters can tailor specific emails to you based on a hobby or interest to make it more likely that you will send over the information, or money, they need to scam you.
Think when finding out your Superhero name - what information might it share about you? Many quizzes and games use your date of birth; name; pet names; and other personal details you may not want to share with everyone online.
Also think before giving a third-party app permission to your profile.
THINK: Why does anyone need your photos, friends' info and various other content, just to see which Harry Potter character you are for fun?
Visit the social media companies' own pages for more information:
Concerned about apps young people are using? Go to Internet Matters for more in depth help and information.
Don’t post on social media that you are about to go/are on holiday! This lets potential burglars know that your home is empty. Some insurers may not pay out if they see that you have posted such statuses, and are burgled while away.