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Police ask residents to ensure the elderly are CyberSafe

Dorset Police is encouraging residents to ensure elderly or vulnerable neighbours and relatives are kept safe online and not placed at risk from fake investment web sites, as part of its CyberSafe campaign.

Dorset Police Director of Intelligence, Detective Superintendent Mark Callaghan, said: “Cyber safety is not an individual responsibility – it is everyone’s responsibility.

“Unfortunately there are cyber criminals out there waiting to commit fraud and dupe people out of their savings. 

“It is very easy to clone a real website and does not take a skilled developer long to produce a very professional-looking, but malicious site.

“I do not wish to scare people away from using the internet, but following some simple advice and advising others to use the internet safely could help to stop criminals from wiping out someone’s savings.”

  • Check that a websites address is genuine by looking for misspellings, or a completely different name from what you would expect
  • Roll your mouse pointer over a link to reveal its real destination. Beware if this is different from what is displayed in the text
  • Do not enter personal information on a website that has no padlock in the browser or https:// at the beginning of the address
  • Websites which request more personal information than you would expect are probably malicious
  • Check the address in the browser address bar to ensure it matches the address you typed
  • Always get professional advice before making any investment decisions
  • Promises online of high returns are often fraudulent
  • Be wary of websites which promote schemes that involve the recruitment of others, receiving money for other people or advance payments
  • Be wary of websites that are advertised in unsolicited emails from strangers
  • Some cookies can be used by criminals to build a profile of you with a view to fraud
  • Use an anti-spyware program that scans for so called tracker cookies
  • UK websites must gain your permission to enable cookies
  • Always ensure you are running the latest version of your chosen browser
  • Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you go online

Detective Superintendent Mark Callaghan continued: “I would urge everyone to visit Get Safe Online > and cybersafe.dorset.police.uk > for help and advice on online safety.

“Together we can ensure all Dorset’s residents are CyberSafe.”  

Issued: 9 June 2015

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