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Taking online security seriously – a tax rebate service

It’s not just a tax rebate scam, there are many online threats to your security that we all need to take seriously. Get Safe Online combines security information in a range of personal and business situations. This is a reliable place to start if you are dealing with an online security issue.

What to get safe online?

Get Safe Online describes itself as “the UK’s premier source of online neutral, realistic and easily understandable information”. It is a partnership between public and private sector companies and businesses, including the London Police and two High Street banks.

Get Safe Online A center for information on all things online:

  • Online child safety
  • Uses social media
  • Personal information, fake news and passwords
  • Computer protection, including malware and firewalls
  • Mobile device
  • Online shopping and banking

The Business section covers hardware, software, online security, and the practices and policies governing these areas.

The glossary section of their website is especially useful for understanding the technical terms that have become everyday language due to their widespread use during online scams. Get Safe Online’s blog brings UK and international stories about online issues. They also run community events and National Gate Safe Online Week.

This is an excellent resource for any type of online scam or security issue you may encounter in terms of the scope of the information covered.

How bad is the situation with online scams in the UK?

A search of ‘News Online Scams UK’ reveals a list of recent headlines, including romance scams, loss of travel and disguise of banks, investment firms and HMRC.

Which is the business, organization and other consumer protection organization? Constantly publishing online security warnings. The HMRC is especially on the ball when it comes to reporting new scams on taxpayers and sharing their data on a regular basis. For example, they recently reported that the number of frauds involving people posing as HMRC increased by 138% in one year.

It is estimated that ক্ষতি 2 billion is lost each year in the UK to online fraud. It’s not just a financial expense, is it?

People are often angry, embarrassed and ashamed of being the victims of such crimes. And that’s not a fair assessment of ourselves. Because they are professional criminals. They are good at what they do and they are constantly evolving. Many fake companies buy real advertising space and run legitimate business as well as advertising. Advertising lends another level of admiration to their scams and is often the first click of an undoubted victim.

They bring out seasonal scams that are appropriate at certain times of the year. For example, scams that promise tax deductions or advise you to pay HMRC immediately in January are now suspended until the end of this month due to extended deadlines.

But it’s not just our tax department that is being disguised. Some recent blogs have described six new types of travel scams.

This year the fierce desire to escape, the confusion about Brexit and the COVID-19 rules, and the need for the common man to get back from the holidays canceled due to COVID.

These are carefully crafted, targeted and sophisticated. And, for criminals, it’s a numbers game. They create and promote a large number of online scams, with the belief that one percent of them will give them a good yield of your money.

What is the government doing about online fraud?

The Treasury Committee, in its recent Economic Crimes Report, highlighted the effects of fraud and scammers. Chairman of the Treasury Committee, Rt. Honorable Mail Stride MP says:

“For a very long time, malicious scammers have worked with impunity, snatching innocent customers through fraudulent online advertising, disguised scams and disguised crypto investments.

“Unfortunately, fraud has increased during the epidemic, and as MPs we have heard heartbreaking stories of people who have fallen victim to these criminals and lost a lot of money.

“While the government has made some progress in this area, we urge them today to act harder and faster in the face of a growing epidemic of fraud. Some of our recommendations, such as legislation against online scam advertising, can be implemented quickly. Others will need a long-term approach, including crypto regulation and company house reform. Taken together, our proposals give the UK a chance to get back on its feet and fight to get these scammers back on track. “

It is hoped that the government will give priority to addressing the issues raised in this important report.

What you can do about online fraud

The good news is that energy is really at your fingertips. We strongly support ‘think before you click’. No one on the other side of the screen or phone call can force you to do anything. You can keep yourself safe. Just apply this basic, common sense method:

  • Even if it seems legitimate, do not provide any personal or financial details in a cold call, message or email. Check this source by contacting HMRC, banks, charities or organizations.
  • If you are threatened, stop. Thus HMRC does not do business. And that’s not how most other real companies do business. Call a real number for the company and find out if you really owe anything.
  • It seems too good to be true, it probably is. This applies to winning in unexpected competitions, as well as in the case of vacation payments and tax rebates.

Treat all communication with a skeptical attitude and you will be fine. Don’t assume it’s real because it has a logo. Q Everything. You must provide your valuable details if you are absolutely sure that the companies or businesses are real.

The key to thwarting scammers is slowness. Do not open documents automatically or download attachments. Stop. Think before you click. And you’ll be fine. Remember, these criminals don’t just email. They can call, message or communicate through your social media accounts. Bring your skepticism to all of them.

And if you get suspicious contacts, report them to Action Fraud – even if you’ve seen them before losing any money. Your information helps to create a complete national image and remove fraudulent websites and phone numbers.

Tony Shanks
Director of Operations
ATT member

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