Urban Fraud Myth: Money Transfer Systems


Urban Fraud Myth: Money TransferMyth

Money Transfer systems are always a safe way of making payments.


This is only the case if you personally know and can verify the person you are sending money to.

You should take care when sending money using these services as, once cash is collected, the recipient is not traceable and money is not refundable.

Urban Fraud Myth:‬ Intellectual Property Fraud

Urban Fraud Myth Intellectual Property#‎UrbanFraudMyths‬


Downloading digital content illegally is harmless


This type of crime is far from victimless and has serious repercussions.
Doing so can result in money being used to fund the activities of serious organised crime groups and also has an impact on creative industries and the UK economy.

Legitimate and high quality downloads are easy to find. Use Content Map to access legal content online

Urban Fraud Myths:‬ Public wi-fi

Urban Fraud Myths: Public wi-fiMyth:

Public wi-fi is secure and provides a safe forum in which I can do my banking, shopping etc.


Any data sent through public wi-fi can be intercepted unless you have taken steps to encrypt your data.
If you use a mobile device over public wi-fi, you are risking the security of your personal information, digital identity and your money. Risks are even greater if your computer or device are not secured by an effective security system.

Urban Fraud Myth: Pin Safety

Urban Myth: Pin SafetyMyth:

Bank staff might ask for your PIN or on-line banking password to check who you are when they call you.


Bank staff will never ask you for your 4 digit card PIN number or on-line banking password when speaking with you over the phone.

They would never ask you to tap them into the telephone key pad either.

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Banks Joint Declaration – Phone Scams

Phone scams have been on the rise in 2014 with criminals targeting households across the UK to try and defraud people out of their money.

Typically, the fraudsters call members of the public pretending to be from a trusted organisation – like your bank, the police or a computer company – and once they have your trust, they will ask for your financial information, encourage you to hand over cards or cash to a courier, or get you to transfer money into accounts they control.

The people behind these scams are organised and highly professional – so spotting whether the call is genuine, or fake, can be very difficult.

That is why the UK Banks building societies and card issuers, with the support of the police, have published a Joint Declaration which clearly explains those requests they will NEVER ask of you on the phone. (more…)

What can those who have been affected by Talk-Talk security breach do?

The phone and broadband provider Talk Talk which has over 4 million UK customers have that said banking details and personal information could have been accessed by hackers in a recent cyber attack. 

Credit card, bank account details, names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses and telephone numbers could all have been accessed by hackers according to Talk Talk. (more…)

What’s your cyber risk profile?

Get Safe Online WeekWe’ve just carried out some new independent research, surveying 2,000 people, from which one of the main findings is that cybercrime is getting personal – with one in five victims believing that they were specifically targeted by fraudsters. We’ve collated the data and put together this infographic, depicting statistics around habits, threats, issues and opinions split by gender and age groups. It makes some very interesting reading. (more…)

Support scams now target Mac customers

Swindlers impersonate Apple service that remotely accesses user desktops.

For years, scammers claiming that they’re “calling from Windows” have dialed up Microsoft customers and done their best to trick them into parting with their money or installing malicious wares. Now, the swindlers are turning their sights on Mac users.

Researchers at antivirus provider Malwarebytes spotted a Web-based campaign that attempts to trick OS X and iOS users into thinking there’s something wrong with their devices. The ruse starts with a pop-up window that’s designed to look like an official OS notification. “Critical Security Warning!” it says. “Your Device (iPad, iPod, iPhone) is infected with a malicious adward [sic] attack.” It goes on to provide a phone number people can call to receive tech support.

Read the full article: Ars Technica 21 October 2015