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Cornwall Gets A Cyber Monday Internet Warning

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:06pm 1st December 2014

A Cyber Monday internet warning goes out to Cornwall.

Pirate FM has learnt that last year shoppers in the Duchy and Devon were duped out of a quarter of a million pounds worth of gifts online.

With around half of the UK population choosing to shop on the web for Christmas this year, it is feared that number will rise.

Devon and Cornwall Police have issued the 12 Frauds of Christmas to help us be more aware.

They include the hazards of opening Christmas e-Cards sent via email which, unknown to the recipient, may be carrying a virus (malware) that can embed itself and then corrupt your smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Other  threats identified by the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) are:
Nov 28: Online shopping fraud

Christmas e-cards

Auction fraud

Holiday fraud

Loan and investment scams

Ticketing fraud

Donating to charity

Mobile malware/malicious apps

Money transfers

Social media scams

Dating/romance scam

Mobile payments

DCI Stuart Cavin, from Devon and Cornwall’s Serious Organised Crime Unit, says: "Devon and Cornwall police were really keen to be part of this national campaign which is essentially about ensuring that we are safe online.  This time of year sees an increase in  shopping and general online activity and we want to take this opportunity to shine a light on the potential risks from both fraudulent activity and the wider use of the internet for further criminality.

"The 12 online frauds of Christmas campaign highlight those key areas of crime which affect many people within our communities and the key to reducing this harm is to prevent this now and in the future.  In addition the campaign raises awareness of what we, as individuals, can do in terms of ensuring our computer systems are sufficiently capable of offering online protection."

More internet safety advice can also be found at www.getsafeonline.org and www.cyberstreetwise.com.   We will also be urging anyone who has had the misfortune to fall victim to one of the dozen festive frauds, or any other type of cyber-fraud, to report to Action Fraud – www.actionfraud.police.uk  or call the national helpline on 0300 123 2040.

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