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Cumbria Police issue warning about online fraud and blackmail
12:22pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
POLICE have issued a warning to people in Cumbria about the risks of online fraud and blackmail.
Over the next two weeks Cumbria Constabulary will be sending out information via its Facebook and Twitter pages about how people can stay safe online.
Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “We are more likely to be a victim of crime via the internet than any other location.
“Therefore it is imperative that we take all the safety advice and use the internet responsibly and protect ourselves.”
The advice issued about preventing online fraud includes ensuring your browser is up-to-date, checking for indications a website is genuine, such as contact details, and carrying out a web searches to see if a website is genuine.
Detective Inspector Stephanie Brown, Public Protection Unit at Cumbria Constabulary, said: “There are dangers associated with the internet of which I would encourage everyone to be aware.
“These dangers usually arise from either visiting malicious websites or inadvertent disclosure of personal information.
“It is very important to always be vigilant when supplying personal or financial details.”
The appeal forms part of the police’s internet safety campaign, which launched on July 22 and is running until September 5.
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