PRESS RELEASE 27 NOVEMBER 2015
WARNING - DON'T GET CONNED AT CHRISTMAS
The Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum is warning islanders to protect themselves against online crime this Christmas.
As part of a national initiative set up by Action Fraud, City of London and Get Safe Online, the local forum is sharing some top tips to safeguard against cyber-crime during the festive season. Starting on Tuesday 1 December and running for ten days, useful information and advice will be shared on the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Highlighting the risks of bogus websites, virus infected e-Christmas Cards, charity scams, auction and ticketing fraud, and social media scams, the social media campaign aims to make islanders more aware of how they may potentially be targeted when shopping online.
Detective Chief Inspector Lee Turner, States of Jersey Police commented:
“Christmas is a favourite time of year for criminals. People are busy buying presents online and often do not think about protecting themselves and their finances from fraudsters. There are some simple steps all islanders can take to ensure that they surf and shop safely and do not get conned this Christmas.”
Barry Faudemer, Director of Enforcement, added:
“We are seeing an increase in reports of cyber-crime nationally and Christmas is always the time of year when people get caught out. We are advising people to invest in adequate internet security and antivirus software, to check their home Wi-Fi is secure, to use protected payment methods when buying online, and to double-check the legitimacy of any websites they may be buying from.”
Anyone who believes that they have been a victim of a scam should contact the States of Jersey Police on 612 612. For more information about the Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum visit www.fraudprevention.je
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For further enquiries, please contact:
Head of Communications
Jersey Financial Services Commission
Tel: + 44 (0) 1534 822166
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The Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum was set up in 2015 to raise awareness locally about scams and investment fraud. The agencies behind the forum are the States of Jersey Police, the Jersey Financial Services Commission, Jersey Consumer Council, the States of Jersey Trading Standards, Digital Jersey, jersey Post, Age Concern, Citizens Advice Bureau, Airtel Vodafone, Jersey Telecom and Sure.
The Don't Get Conned At Christmas campaign will run from Tuesday 1 December for ten days.
UK figures from last Christmas show that individuals and businesses reported losing £16,426,989 to online fraudsters through online shopping and auction fraud. This was a 42% increase in total financial loss compared with the 2013 festive period where £9,522,491 was lost by victims.
Last year’s UK report shows that the most common time for victims to initially make contact with the fraudster was on 28 November- Black Friday (221 victims) and 1 December - Cyber Monday (205 victims).
The most common item being bought and sold by victims and fraudsters were mobile phones. Others reported being defrauded whilst trying to buy footwear, clothing, watches, gaming consoles, computers, furniture and home appliances.