ONLINE shoppers in Fermanagh are being urged to protect themselves against cyber-fraud coming up to the Christmas period.
Last month the Fermanagh Herald reported that the number of reported crimes in Fermanagh had fallen slightly on last year but there is still work to be done in tackling “new” crimes such as cyber-fraud.
Cllr Sheamus Greene believes cyber-crime, which was not included in recent statistics for Fermanagh, is the fastest growing problem in the area.
“I know of a few people who have been caught out by it,” he said. “It’s very difficult to combat, the police are often powerless to do anything once it happens. People need to be very wary, especially at this time of year when you get a lot of emails about online sales and so on.”
The Sinn Fein Erne East Councillor is urging people to protect themselves online and has revealed that one local who was targeted has been left thousands of pounds out of pocket.
“Twice within the last week I have been contacted by local people who have become victims of cyber-crime. In one case, the person was out over £6,000 when their card details were stolen and used on an online auction site.
“The banks often contact their customers if they notice unusual activity. However, at this time of year, when we are maybe spending a little more, this can go undetected. If you do become a victim of cyber-crime ensure that you ask your bank for reimbursement.
“Cyber-crime is on the increase and I would call on people to be particularly vigilant when putting any bank details online. Be wary too of sent emails claiming to be from your bank as banks will not ask you for your account details.
“Ensure that any sites you visit are genuine and that you have adequate security protecting your details online. Keep an eye on your bank accounts to ensure that there is no unusual activity,” he added.
Anyone unsure about online security issues, or want to know more can visit the ‘Get Safe Online’ website at getsafeonline.org for helpful information about staying safe online and how you can protect yourself.
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Posted: 8:30 pm December 8, 2016