Hampshire Police - IAG Fraud Presentation

hackingIAG members and members of the Hampshire Neighbourhood Cyber Watch Team provide free seminars across Hampshire.

I provide seminars in the Havant, Hayling Island, Emsworth, Waterlooville, Leigh Park, and Bedhampton areas to resident and community groups on how to avoid fraud. 

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 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 text message, you MUST take that person through your security and never disclose information, and you must never click on links or phone the number in such messages.

Instead, you must key into your web browser the details of the company or look at your known good information and use such known good information.

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

   Subject    Recommendation
  Car key relay fraud   Use a tin box / Faraday cage
  Calls from “BT” “Microsoft” re a virus on your PC   Put phone down
  Calls from “Bank” re compromised a/c   Call bank on another phone
  Calls from “Police” re money safety   Phone 101 to report
  Calls about car accidents / injury   Put phone down
  Confidential papers or address   Shred and/or burn
  Sellers at the door goods/services   Always refuse
  Unexpected calls and texts   Call known good number
  Pretty-girl / handsome-guy contact   Block contact - ROMANCE FRAUD
  Avoiding telephone scammers   Consider getting TrueCall

 

Good Practice

  • Update operating system/ firmware
  • Apply software security updates
  • Use different passwords for each website
  • Use passwords on all hardware
  • Don’t use trivial passwords
  • Update router defaults
  • Create proper backups
  • Destroy hard drives after use
  • Be cautious about using Wi-Fi outside home
  • Email - PCs vs Smartphones
  • Hover links to check validity
  • Generally, don’t click on email links
  • Go to known websites, not links in emails
  • http:// (not safe) and https:// (safe) websites
  • Be sceptical, don’t trust everything
  • Is it too good to be true?
  • Be VERY wary of the unexpected
  • Phone a friend if in doubt
  • Target you: empty rubbish/recycling bins
  • Sign up to Hampshire Alert

 

Useful Websites and email addresses

  Topic   Recommendation
  Met Police Booklet on Fraud   The Little Book of Big Scams
  Suspect Romance Fraud?   Fraud Guide from Thames Valley Police
  Sign Up to Hampshire Alert   Hampshire Alert Website
  Learn more on Cyber Crime   Visit NCSC website
  Need help on Cyber Fraud   Visit Hampshire Cyberwatch
  Check for leaked email/phone   Visit Have I Been Pwned
  Report a fraud to Action Fraud   Action Fraud Website
  Report a phishing email   Forward to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  If you are in immediate danger   Phone 999

 

If you need help and advice on a potential cyber fraud, you may contact Hampshire Cyberwatch above.

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.

If you are anywhere in Hampshire and would like a talk or seminar, please contact Hampshire Cyberwatch; I too have been trained by the Hampshire Constabulary Cyber Crime Unit and all members of Hampshire Cyberwatch have been Police vetted.

Last updated: 26 September 2021