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Cyber crime and fraud

Cyber crime is simply a crime which has an online element to it. These crimes involve use of a device such as a smartphone, laptop, games console, computer or network, with a connection to the internet.

Fraud occurs when deception or dishonesty is used by a person for their own gain. A large proportion of fraud is now cyber crime, as it involves the use of the internet to commit the offence. In many cases the use of the internet makes it easier for fraudsters to commit offences on a larger scale, as their reach to victims is increased.

In this section you will find information on what you should do if you have been a victim of a cyber crime or fraud and how to report it. You will also find links to useful advice on how to stay safe online and prevent yourself from becoming a victim of such crimes.

Cyber Crime includes:

  • Cyber bullying and online harassment
  • On-line blackmail or extortion
  • Crimes involving sharing of explicit or indecent images on-line (Image based sexual abuse)
  • Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), ransomware, malware and hacking attacks on computers/networks
  • Cyber Fraud

Frauds may include telephone or courier fraud, romance frauds, investment fraud, frauds involving online shopping and auctions, card and online banking frauds, advance fee frauds, application fraud and mandate frauds. They commonly occur online but can also occur offline and may effect individuals, businesses, organisations and charities.

Cyber crime and fraud prevention advice

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