Today Action Fraud will be supporting Safer Internet Day- an annual event set-up by the UK Safer Internet Centre to encourage young people to use the internet safely and responsibly.
The celebration will see hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, using the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies and policymakers, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
Action Fraud will be supporting Safer Internet Day 2016 publicising the following top tips to help young people protect themselves from online fraud:
- Never share your personal details with anyone online. Your full name or date of birth can be used by scammers to steal your identity and commit fraud.
- If you ever buy anything online, make sure that you are extremely careful about which websites you buy from. Learn how to trust a website by using this easy to follow 20 point checklist.
- If anyone asks you to send money to them online, always consult a parent or guardian and ask for their opinion.
- If you ever buy anything on an auction site such as Ebay, check the seller’s history and make sure that they have been rated well in the past.
- If you get sent emails that say you may have won something but that you need to send money in advance to get your prize- ignore them. These types of emails are sent by fraudsters to try and trick you into sending them money.
Read more on the Safer Internet website.
Please note that Action Fraud is not responsible for the content of external websites.
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.
You can now also sign up for free to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.