Crime & Accidents News
28 September 2021

Criminals will use anything, even Covid-19, to scam you! 
With the global pandemic comes the desire to stay updated with the most current information.

However, it can be difficult for internet users to navigate this information and separate fact from fiction. It is also difficult to ensure that links and resources are reliable. The reality is that malicious activity comes through just about every communication channel: email, social media, text, and phone messages, and of course, misleading, and malicious websites.

A survey conducted by the global cybersecurity company Kaspersky, reveals data showing that more than two-thirds of local respondents say that either they or their loved ones have suffered from criminals via social networks since the outbreak of the virus.

In most cases fraudsters pretended to be familiar with potential victims: the manipulation scheme presented a request for help from a friend (59%).

The top Covid-19 related digital scam was fake insurance, followed by unemployment and third-party seller scams.

Never give out your personal details. 
If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. 

Watch out for fraudulent charities, first do your homework before donating. 
Do not click on links or icons of unsolicited emails.
Never reply to these emails; delete them and empty your recycle bin. 

Mike Bolhuis, Specialist Investigators into Serious Violent & Serious Economic Crimes, press release extracts 

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