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Scam Awareness Training

Becoming ‘scam aware’ will drastically reduce your chances of becoming a victim, allowing you to use the internet safely.

Cybercrime continues to rise in scale and complexity costing consumers billions of pounds, euros & dollars.  It can happen to anyone (most people get scammed at least once in their life). It affects essential services, businesses, and private individuals alike, causing untold damage.

With many of us are spending more time online, crimes can be prevented by making a few small changes to our online behaviour.

Each of our virtual training sessions are designed to keep you and your family safe and secure.

Recognise the most common scams

Anyone can be a scam victim regardless of age, gender, education, or economic background. In this module, we discuss the various methods used by cybercriminals to find potential victims.

  • Postal Scams: Postal Scams come in many forms and attempt to extract personal details, financial information, or money.
  • Telephone Scams: Communication by telephone is a very effective and easy method by which criminals can obtain personal details or financial information. Smishing and vishing are types of phishing attacks that try to lure victims via SMS messages and voice calls.
  • Online Scams: Criminals trick the internet and email users into giving personal details, including financial information, in order to steal their money.
  • Doorstep Scams: Criminals use a variety of doorstep tactics to make victims part with their money or gain entry to their homes. We cover the various strategies used by criminals.

The financial and emotional consequences of falling for scams.

Know how to spot the signs

Module two provides actual examples of fake websites, emails, phone calls, and text messages.

  • Examples include those claiming to be from the UK Government; HMRC refunds/fines, TV. licensing direct debit problems and cloned Government websites that include Marriage Allowance Tax Rebates and driving license applications etc.
  • Emails and texts relating to Covid-19
  • Extortion emails
  • Financial institutions
  • Pension and investments, bitcoin and fake cryptocurrencies
  • Social media scams include fantastic ‘giveaways’, online shopping, and romantic relationship scams.
  • We highlight the signs and key indicators to help you identify scams.
  • Know what actions to take when receiving suspicious communication.
  • Know how to report a scam.

How to protect yourself and others

The first step in making sure you do not get scammed is being prepared.

During this module, we demonstrate ways you can easily establish if your personal information is accessible online and demonstrate the various strategies you can implement to help protect you.

  • Keeping your devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers) up to date with the latest security updates and virus software.
  • Email – the use of personal and junk email addresses
  • Password security and safe storage
  • Sharing/disclosing personal information on social media
  • Joining the Mailing Preference Service (MPS)
  • Register with the Telephone Preference Service
  • Using call blocking features
  • Stop getting nuisance texts
  • Stop calls and texts from a charity

Please contact us for further information.