Cyber Crime

About Cyber Crime

The term Cyber Crime refers to a variety of crimes carried out online, using the internet through computers, laptops, tablets, internet-enabled televisions, games consoles and smart phones.

Cyber Crime is a term used to define any crime that takes place online or where a digital system is targeted by means of a criminal attack.

Examples of Cyber Crime:

  • Online Grooming
  • Fraud
  • Theft of data
  • Phishing - fake emails to trick you into giving up personal information that scammers can then use to access your bank accounts or credit cards.
  • Trolling
  • Online Scams
  • Stalking

Cyber Crime is a wide-ranging term however there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Make sure that your computer has up to date anti-virus software
  • Use a strong password which is at least 12 characters long and contains a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols
  • Try to avoid using public Wi-Fi hotspots that are not secure or require personal information to be given e.g. personal banking or online shopping
  • Be wary of post, phone calls or emails offering you business deals out of nowhere
  • Be careful of internet chats and online dating - remember there is no guarantee that you are speaking to who you think
  • Remember to update privacy settings on all social media accounts and only let people you're connected to see your pages
  • Delete and block spam or junk emails

For more advice and information on how to protect yourself, your devices, your money and your family from Cyber Crime:

Get Safe Online
HM Government Cyber aware

For Businesses:

Cyber Essentials
National Cyber Security Centre - 10 Steps - Executive summary
Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP)

How to report Fraud and Cyber Crime:

If you have been the victim of Cyber Crime, please contact Action Fraud

If you wish to report this anonymously you can contact Crimestoppers