The internet and smartphones have been of great benefit but have also been an opportunity for criminals. Here are just three common ways that criminals use the internet to operate and how you can protect yourself and be aware…
The internet gave a platform to money laundering. Businesses should be particularly aware of the possibilities of money laundering, and a good way to protect your business from this is to use something like this AML identity verification. If you run a business, you should also ensure that all of your devices, such as phones and computers have good anti-virus and security protection on them.
Online dating has for many people been a great way to meet their perfect partner – but it is also attractive to scammers seeking to cash in. There have been many stories over the past decade about online dating scams and it is important that you are very careful when using online dating, and don’t believe everything that someone tells you online, no matter how well you think you might know them.
Pension fraud is another thing to watch out for – many people have lost their life savings to this type of scam. Make sure that if you are approached by someone regarding your pension, or investment opportunities that you do not give them details or feel hounded into making a decision. If this should happen, you can speak with an FCA approved financial advisor, as well as action fraud if you suspect that this is likely to be a scam.