Criminals are using an increasing number of ways to target both businesses and individuals online and in person by taking advantage of the current Coronavirus situation. Whether it’s using the current pandemic as a “hook” online to lure people into phishing emails and fake websites or are targeting stores which are closed, we have listed a number of general crime prevention tips that may assist the general public and organisations at this time.
Online criminals are using the pandemic as a way of getting malware and viruses onto devices to steal credentials, access webcams, commit fraud and hold us to ransom. North-West Regional Organised Crime Unit have provided advice for you to use during this time:
- Go to the organisations’ genuine website
- Check the detail of the URL or website address
- Avoid clicking on links on emails and text messages
- Think before you click
- Don’t rush to give away personal details
- Don’t assume everything you receive is genuine
Any online crimes and frauds need to be reported to Action Fraud. Get in touch on 0330 123 2040 if you have been a victim, especially for Ransomware and Denial of Service attacks which are classed as live cyber-crimes.
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have put together a range of important resources including guidance on working from home and more. Access these documents here and below: