Lincolnshire Police launch ‘The 12 frauds of Christmas’

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Lincolnshire Police have launched a Christmas campaign to keep you and your electronic devices safe this December.

This festive season, Lincolnshire Police is running ‘The 12 online frauds of Christmas’ campaign to protect thousands of people in local communities from falling victim to cyber-fraudsters.

Kicking-off today (Friday, November 28) ‘Black Friday’ , which marks the start of the busiest four days of internet shopping of the year, the force will be doing everything they can to raise awareness of a dozen online frauds that have the potential to ruin your festive fun.

Working in partnership with the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead for Fraud they will begin by shining a light on the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of online shopping.

So far in 2014 74 percent of all adults nationwide have bought goods or services online, and this December around 50 percent of UK citizens are expected to use the internet to buy more than half of their Christmas presents.

The good news is, the majority of us will still have our presents delivered to our doorstep or into our email account without a hitch.

However, the sad reality is there will also be tens of thousands of people across the UK whose Christmas will be damaged and in some cases destroyed, after finding out they have fallen foul of heartless criminals who specialise in tricking internet users with the promise of great online deals and big cash savings.

After ‘Black Friday’ Lincolnshire Police move on to ‘Cyber Monday’ (Monday, December 1) where they will be focusing on the hazards of opening Christmas e-Cards, sent via email which, unknown to the recipient, may be carrying a virus (malware) that can embed itself and then corrupt your smart phone, tablet or laptop.

And then, every 24 hours for the next ten working days, Lincolnshire Police will be working with 37 other local police forces and a range of public and private sector organisations to flag up the threat of ten more online festive frauds, identified by the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

Their December running order is:

Nov 28: Online shopping fraud

Dec 1: Christmas e-cards

Dec 2: Auction fraud

Dec 3: Holiday fraud

Dec 4: Loan and investment scams

Dec 5: Ticketing fraud

Dec 8: Donating to charity

Dec 9: Mobile malware/malicious apps

Dec 10: Money transfers

Dec 11: Social media scams

Dec 12: Dating/romance scam

Dec 15: Mobile payments

More internet safety advice can also be found at www.getsafeonline.org and www.cyberstreetwise.com

People who have had the misfortune to fall victim of one of the dozen festive frauds, or any other type of cyber-fraud are urged to to report to Action Fraud – the City of London Police-based national reporting centre - on 0300 123 040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk