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Action Fraud and City of London Police team up to help debunk Urban Fraud Myths

16th November 2015 | Cyber Aware
Action Fraud and City of London Police team up to help debunk Urban Fraud Myths

A new campaign from Action Fraud and the City of London Police aims to debunk common fraud misconceptions and, through daily examples via social media, help to identify ways you can avoid falling into traps laid by fraudsters.

An example of these misconceptions is in the use of public Wi-Fi:

Myth: Public Wi-Fi is secure and provides a safe forum in which I can do my online banking, shopping etc.

Reality: Any data sent through public Wi-Fi could be intercepted unless you have taken steps to protect your device with an effective security system.  If you are using a mobile device over public Wi-Fi, you may be  risking the security of your personal information, digital identity, and your money. To lessen this risk ensure you have installed and are using security software.  

Other myths include 

  • Only friends being able to see what is posted on social media
  • Money transfer systems always being a safe way of making payments
  • Illegal downloads being a victimless crime

And many others, accompanied by interesting stories worth reading and sharing.

There are plenty of other fraud myths out there so tweet @ActionFraudUK (opens new window) with yours to share some of the stories you have come across and any questions that you may have, using #UrbanFraudMyths (opens new window)