Cybercrime is criminal activity done using computers and the Internet. This includes anything from downloading illegal music files to stealing millions of dollars from online bank accounts. Cybercrime also includes non-monetary offenses, such as creating and distributing Computer viruses on other computers or posting confidential business information on the Internet.
Perhaps the most prominent form of cybercrime is identity theft, in which criminals use the Internet to steal personal information from other users. Two of the most common ways this is done is through phishing and pharming. Both of these methods lure users to fake websites (that appear to be legitimate), where they are asked to enter personal information. This includes login information, such as usernames and passwords, phone numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and other information criminals can use to "steal" another person's identity. For this reason, it is smart to always check the URL or Web address of a site to make sure it is legitimate before entering your personal information.
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Neighbourhood Watch Vs Scams
Friends Against Scams is proud to have joined forces with Neighbourhood Watch. Friends Against Scams is an initiative that aims to change the perception of scams and raise awareness of the financial and emotional impact of fraud and scams. As an official Friends Against Scams partner, Neighbourhood Watch has pledged to spread the Friends Against Scams messaging throughout its community of over 2.3 million people to help increase community resilience and empower communities to take a stand against scams.
Jayne Pascoe, Head of Partnerships and Projects at the Neighbourhood Watch Network, told us:
“Scams are not low-level crimes. They are often organised by serious, predatory criminals and have the potential to destroy lives.“
Louise Baxter, Team Manager for the National Trading Standards Scams Team said:
"The tactics used by criminals often leaves victims socially isolated and ashamed of telling their friends and families what's really going on behind closed doors. Neighbourhood Watch volunteers and coordinators can play a key role in preventing their communities from becoming victims of scams.
Since it launched in 2016, nearly 260,000 Friends Against Scams have committed to take a stand against scams. Neighbourhood Watch is one of a number of charities that has joined the Friends Against Scams initiative, including Age UK and Stay Safe. Other Friends Against Scams partners inlcude Bournemouth University, UK Finance and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.