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Dorset Police To Target Cyber Crime And Fraud

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8:55am 4th July 2014

Cybercrime and fraud has been noted as one of the emerging threats to people living in Dorset.

A reported £157M was defrauded from bank cards and online accounts last year and into 2014.

Police in Dorset say falling foul to tricksters and losing personal data online has been a major thing in the county.

Director of Investigations, Detective Superintendent Kevin Connolly said: "Dorset Police recognises cyber-crime and online fraud as an emerging threat to our residents.

"We take these crimes very seriously and the Force and Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner are committed to working jointly to ensure we are fit for the future. A cyber-crime strategy has been developed and we are investing in training for our officers."

Dorset Police have issued some simple guidelines to ensure all residents stay safe online.

Superintendent Kevin Connolly continued: "There are some basic safety measures we can all take to protect ourselves online. I would urge everybody to follow these simple rules to ensure all online devices are kept secure."

The measures are:

Make sure your computer has up-to-date internet security software switched on.

Don't reveal personal information on social networking sites

Regularly backup the data on your computer and smartphone/tablet

Never reveal your password or PIN when asked to do so by email or on the phone

Make sure your wireless network is secure at all times

Be careful who you are selling to and buying from on auction sites

Choose strong passwords, change them regularly and don't tell anybody what they are

When shopping, paying or banking online always make sure the website is secure

Always download the latest software and operating system updates when prompted

Remember your smartphone is also a target for viruses and spyware
Crimes can be reported direct to Dorset Police on 101 or to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Advice is available from Trading Standards and Citizens Advice through 08454 04 05 06 or www.adviceguide.org.uk.

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