Posted: Mon 24th Oct 2016

Get Safe Online In Gwent /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Oct 24th, 2016

All this week starting today Monday 24th October 2016, we’ll be giving advice on how you can protect yourself online. Unfortunately, this is a crime which can affect anybody. With scammers using increasingly clever methods of tricking people, we are seeing more victims of scams. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

All week we will be posting social media updates, tackling a different type of online safety and security each day. We’ll be using the hashtag #GetSafeOnlineinGwent ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

We’ll also be hearing from some victims of crime who will talk about their experiences. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

EVENT! On Friday and Saturday, we’ll also be holding a ‘Get Safe Online in Gwent’ event in Cwmbran Town Centre opened by Chief Constable Jeff Farrar and Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert. Officers from our Fraud Department in Gwent Police will be there along with Trading Standards and Action Fraud to give advice to Gwent residents. There’ll also be a Formula One simulator for children (or adults!) to try out and lots of other games and prizes to be won. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Prizes include an Asus laptop, a Lenovo tablet, anti-virus packages, Google play vouchers and more. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

DS Mike Preston from the Fraud Investigation Team explained: “Fraud is something that can affect every single member of the community. You may think that it’ll never happen to you but fraudsters are getting increasingly clever in their tactics and some scams can be so convincing. That’s why we are giving advice all week and encouraging everyone to go along to our event. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The more advice and publicity we can get around these types of scams means that hopefully, one less person can be preventing from becoming a victim. We know how victims can feel silly when they have fallen for a scam, but we’re here to offer support so they we can beat these criminals together.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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