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Fraud is one of the main risks resulting from lack of care when going online. It involves various kinds of trickery used to gain dishonest advantage over someone else, normally with the intention of financial gain. Fraud is currently estimated to cost £765 for every adult in the UK.

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  • Always be vigilant about unsolicited contact.
  • Remember if something seems too good to be true …it usually is.

There are many words used to describe fraud, for example scam, con, confidence trick, swindle, extortion, sham, double-cross, hoax, cheat, ploy, ruse, hoodwink. 

Online fraud can be perpetrated via spyware and other malware or sometimes more elaborately in conjunction with other channels such as email, telephone calls or letters. 

Types of Online Fraud


If you think you have been a victim of fraud: 

Report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visitng www.actionfraud.police.uk

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If you have been a victim of, or are aware of premium charge scams, contact www.phonepayplus.org.uk

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Spam and Scam Emails
A few simple rules about dealing with spam and scam emails.

Safe Internet Use
Some valuable tips on using the internet safely.