I offer talks on Hayling Island to resident and community groups on how to avoid fraud, free of charge.
Please contact me via this link. A summary of my presentation is below.
Beware of all unsolicited communication
Whenever you contact your: bank, councils, energy companies, financial organisations, or anyone else, they will always take you through security.
Email addresses, phone numbers, websites, messages and social media pages can very easily be faked.
So, whenever you are contacted by anyone: in person, via post, via email, via social media, via WhatsApp or via text message, you MUST take that person through your security. You must never disclose personal information, and you must never click on links or phone the number in such messages.
If you think the communicator may have been valid, search for the company on the internet, or preferably, look up your own personal records to identify a valid telephone number for the company.
Be very wary, and assume all unsolicited: calls, messages, letters and communication particularly regarding financial matters are fraudulent. Remember, anything that seems too good to be true, almost always is.
National Cyber Security Centre Top Six Tips
|1.||Separate very secure email password|
|2.||Use different strong passwords for all websites|
|3.||Save passwords in browser or password manager|
|4.||Turn on Two-Factor-Authentication (2FA)|
|5.||Update devices (firmware and software)|
|6.||Turn on backup|
Avoid being Defrauded
|Car key relay fraud||Use a Faraday cage|
|Call from BT/Microsoft re PC virus||Put phone down|
|Call from “Bank” re compromised a/c||Call bank on known number|
|Call from “Police” re money||Phone 101 to check|
|Calls about car accidents||Put phone down|
|Confidential papers & with address||Shred and/or burn|
|Sellers at the door goods/services||Always refuse|
|Unexpected calls and texts||Call known good number|
|Good-looking girl/guy contact||Block - ROMANCE FRAUD|
|Avoiding telephone scammers||Consider TrueCall|
Useful Websites and email addresses
|Met Police Fraud Booklet||The Little Book of Big Scams|
|Suspect Romance Fraud?||Romance Fraud advice|
|Sign Up to Hants Alert||Hampshire Alert Website|
|Learn about Cyber Crime||Visit NCSC website|
|Check for leaked data||Visit Have I Been Pwned|
|Report a fraud||Visit Action Fraud|
|Report a phishing email|| Fwd to:
|If in immediate danger||Phone 999|
If you would like me to give a talk or seminar on how to avoid being caught out on cyber fraud, please contact me via this link.
Last updated: 21 January 2023