Sussex Police launches Cyber Crime Campaign
Sussex Police is urging residents to ‘Protect Your Privates’ in an effort to raise awareness
International best-selling author Peter James is fronting this eye-catching campaign and
says he’s delighted to help: “It is an incredibly difficult area to police, but I am proud to be
able to support Sussex Police’s latest cyber crime campaign. By grabbing people’s
attention we can raise awareness and encourage both individuals and companies to
protect their privates.”
A recent survey of people living in the South East found that 84% of those asked had
experienced an ‘attempted’ cyber crime in the last year, while 15% had been victims.
Detective Inspector Andy Haslam from the Sussex Police Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The aim
of this campaign is not to scaremonger but to make everyone aware of the potential
dangers we face when we go online.
“There are some very simple things we can all do to ensure we surf the web safely.”
• Getting anti-virus software
• Creating varied passwords and changing them regularly
• Updating your software when prompted.
Cyber crime can leave victims feeling embarrassed or ashamed that they have been
tricked or lost money.
Last year a 79-year-old woman from Mid Sussex, who wishes to remain anonymous, was
called at home by someone claiming he could get her money back on a recent online
purchase: “He sounded very convincing and asked for details that gave him remote access
to my laptop. He also wanted some credit card information so that the money could be
paid back into my account.”
Fortunately the victim’s cards were cancelled before money could be taken, but it was still
a ‘horrible’ experience: “I did get very upset. I suffer with asthma and found it difficult to
catch my breath when trying to explain what had happened to the officer.
“I blamed myself because I was gullible. It was a horrible experience but I won’t be taken
in by a scam like this again.”
People of all ages are susceptible to cyber crime but the Sussex and Community Crime
Prevention Report highlighted 40 -79 year-olds are most at risk.
The most commonly reported issues in Sussex are:
• The Con – a victim is called by someone pretending to be from a reputable company
and then convinced to allow the fraudster remote access to their computer.
• Ransomware attacks – pop up windows that look like they are from reputable
companies ask for bank details or attempt to blackmail victims into handing over
• Phishing – emails or pop up windows may entice you to click a link to find out more
about a prize or discount which actually allows malicious software to be
downloaded on to your computer.
You can find out more about common cyber scams and how best to ‘Protect Your Privates’
by clicking this link http://www.protectyourprivates.co.uk/
If you have seen or heard anything related to these incidents please contact Sussex
Police here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 101 or contact Crime Stoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.