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Cybercrime is on the rise, with major data breaches now a regular fixture in the news. Computer hacking, malware and cyber enabled frauds now cost the UK just under one billion pounds every 6 months. The speed, convenience and anonymity of the internet - paired with the staggering rate at which technology is advancing - means that the entry point for cyber crime is lower than ever before, and would-be criminals are able to learn and develop their skills with resources readily available online.

Now, through underground marketplaces on the Dark Web, criminals can sell their skills, putting these capabilities well within reach of anybody with money and a motive, regardless of their technical ability.

Thankfully, cyber security need not be complicated and there are a number of simple steps you can take to help protect yourself from cyber-crime. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us by email at cybercrimeprevention@dorset.pnn.police.uk. 

Cyber Spotlight - The Suspicious Email Reporting Service
Have you spotted a suspicious email? If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at report@phishing.gov.uk. As of the 30th of June 2020, the number of reports received stand at more than 1,173,000 with the removal of 4,590 scams and 11,543 URLs. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to forward their suspicious emails!

How to report...

If you've received what you believe to be a phishing email, you can report this to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service. Simply forward the suspected email to report@phishing.gov.uk.

The message might be from a company you don’t normally receive communications from, or someone you do not know. You may just have a hunch. If you are suspicious, you should report it.

Your report of a phishing email will help us to act quickly, protecting many more people from being affected.

You can report fraud or cybercrime to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using their online reporting tool. Reporting online is quick and easy. The tool will guide you through simple questions to identify what has happened and their advisors are available twenty four hours to give you help and advice if you need it.

When reporting online you will be given the option to register, login to an existing account or continue as a guest.

By registering you will be able to:

  • Save and resume a partially completed report
  • Track progress of your report
  • Add information to your report
  • Call them to discuss your report
  • Receive an update by email

If you continue as a guest you will only be able to receive updates by email or post.

You can also report to them by calling 0300 123 2040 Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm. If you are calling from abroad please call +44 300 123 2040.

Useful Resources

The Action Fraud websites hosts a collection of up-to-date documents from Action Fraud, the NCSC, and City of London Police.

These include guides for businesses, covering ransomware, password policies, DDoS protection and more.

There are also guides for individuals, covering everything from computer service scams to sextortion.

Head on over to www.actionfraud.police.uk/resources to see more. 

Tell me more

Our Cyber Protect Officer - Chris Conroy - is available to give free cyber security awareness presentations, tailored to your needs. 

If you represent a small to medium business, community group or conference, feel free to get in touch by emailing cybercrimeprevention@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Facebook - Like our Facebook page for regular updates about threats, trends and all things cyber crime.

Twitter - Follow our Twitter account for regular updates about threats, trends and all things cyber crime.

YouTube - Visit our YouTube channel for videos containing useful info and helpful tips.

Advice for...

Looking for free and impartial advice to protect you and your family, and the technology you rely on?

The NCSC have a wealth of advice and guidance for individuals and families right here.

Need help protecting your business and the technology you rely on? 

The NCSC has everything you need, right here.

If you're a business, charity, school or club with up to 250 employees, this is the site for you.

The NCSC have advice geared specifically towards those who do not have a dedicated internal cyber security team, and it's available here.


If you need cyber security advice for a business, charity and critical national infrastructure with more than 250 employees, the NCSC have a wealth of information available here.

The NCSC have cyber security guidance for public sector organisations employees available here.

If you're in a cyber security role, every day can still be a school day! The NCSC have helpful guides available which can help with all things, from finding new cyber security solutions to testing those you've already got in place. 

Take a look here.

Child Online Safety

The internet is great but, if we're honest, it can be a bit of a minefield. 

If you're worried about your kids online safety, why not have a look at the advice available from Thinkuknow

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Their advice is tailored to children of all ages, and they even have guidance for parents and carers, so they can have constructive conversations about online safety.

4-7 year olds - Thinkuknow have a series of animations which aim to give 4-7 year olds knowledge, skills and confidence to help them respond safely to risks they may encounter online.

8-10 year olds - Thinkuknows Play Like Share animations and Band Runner game are part of a package of resources created by the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command, designed to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe online.

11-13 year olds - Thinkuknows advice about keeping the yourself and your friends safe online. 

14+ - Thinkunknow have advice about sex, relationships, and the internet. Their advice covers everything from safe online gaming to dealing with online pressure and blackmail. 

Parents and Carers - It can be hard to know how to start those conversations about online safety. It can be even harder to keep up with the latest sites, apps and trends. Luckily, Thinkuknow have advice for parents and carers.

Children's workforce - Thinkuknow have advice aimed at supporting you to deliver education and raise awareness of online child abuse and exploitation.