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A new film encouraging people to protect personal information online shows what happened when people were asked to ‘like’ a coffee shop’s Facebook page in exchange for a free coffee and croissant.A new film encouraging people to protect personal information online shows what happened when people were asked to ‘like’ a coffee shop’s Facebook page in exchange for a free coffee and croissant.

 

As the customers waited for their free drink, a team of background researchers searched across public websites to find as much personal information and data as possible within a maximum time period of three minutes.

That data was then radioed through to a barista, who wrote it on to a cup and handed it to the unsuspecting customer.

Hidden cameras captured their ‘baffled’ reactions and the film ends with the line ‘Don’t make it easy for fraudsters. Set your privacy settings’.

The film has been launched by Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, which has also released new figures showing a 52% rise in young identity fraud victims in the UK.

In 2015, just under 24,000 (23,959) people aged 30 and under were victims of identity fraud. This is up from 15,766 in 2014, and is more than double the 11,000 victims in this age bracket in 2010.

People of all ages can be at risk of identity fraud but with growing numbers of young people falling victim, Cifas is calling for better education around fraud and financial crime.

A quick way of remembering some top tips for preventing identity fraud:
S Shred documents containing personal details before throwing them away.
M Make sure passwords are nonsensical. Use letters, numbers and symbols.
A Always use legitimate and up-to-date antivirus software.
R Remain vigilant. Think before you input or email your personal details.
T Think Phishing. Could that email be from a fraudster trying to get hold of your personal details?

For more information about our work, please visit www.safeinwarwickshire.com/cybercrime

Be Cyber Streetwise is a cross-government campaign, funded by the National Cyber Security Programme. They aim to measurably and significantly improve the online safety behaviour and confidence of consumers and small businesses (SMEs).

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. Their website offers advice on how you can protect yourself, your computers and devices, and your business against the likes of fraud, identity theft, viruses and other potential online problems.

 

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