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Subject:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fraud Awareness 03/07/2017 07:31:51 [184202]

 

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Fraud awareness

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Mark Howells (Surrey Police, Crime Reduction Advisor, Tandridge, Reigate and Banstead)

 

Dear all,

 

A timely reminder to anyone using the internet.

 

Following a global ransomware incident which took place yesterday weíre reminding businesses and individuals how they can protect themselves from ransomware and what they should do if they become a victim.

 

How to protect yourself:

 

● Do not click on links, or open any attachments, you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. The links may lead to malicious websites and any attachments could be infected with malware.

 

● Always install software updates as soon as theyíre available. Whether youíre updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.

 

● Install anti-virus software on your computer and mobile devices, and keep it updated. Bear in mind that ransomware can often be picked up by visiting disreputable sites including illegal movie streaming websites and some adult sites

 

● Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. Itís important that the device you back up to isnít left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.

 

If you think you may have been a victim:

 

Report to the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre on 0300 123 2040.

 

Further advice is available from ActionFraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk


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