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Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has outlined Labour plans to introduce a programme to attract the brightest technology brains into policing. She told delegates at the Labour Party conference in Brighton that under Labour there would be a Police First programme, modelled on the existing Teach First, to get the brightest IT graduates into policing. The increasing significance of cyber crime is an area where IT professionals can make a difference in policing. She outlined plans to reduce online fraud. "Peter Neyroud, a former top chief constable has agreed to work with us, consumer watchdog Which? and business, to build an organisation to challenge online fraud, modelled on the successful Internet Watch Foundation which is tackling online child abuse worldwide,” she said.  Cooper said online scams target half the population: “We live our lives online now – but organised criminals know that too, and that is where they are heading. “It’s a big cost for business.

And a big cost for all of us when money is tight,” she was due to say, according to her planned speech. For example, fraud committed using personal details obtained by scammers using voice email, voice over IP, landline and mobile calls is costing UK citizens at least £7m a year according to a report by Financial Fraud Action UK. Victims are duped into revealing personal and financial information or making payments to fraudsters through phishing attacks using voice communications known as " Around a quarter of UK adults were victims of vishing in the past financial year with 43% of victims over the age of 50, said the research. Email Alerts Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox. By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners.

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Fraud committed using personal details obtained by scammers by voice email, voice over IP, landline and mobile calls is costing UK citizens at least £7m a year. Victims are duped into revealing personal and financial information or making payments to fraudsters through phishing attacks using voice communications known as ‘vishing’. Around a quarter of UK adults were victims of vishing in the past financial year with 43% of victims over the age of 50, according to a report by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK). Four in ten people admitted they found it challenging to tell the difference between a genuine and fraudulent call, according to an FFA UK survey of 2,000 UK adults. Almost a third of the UK population received at least 10 cold calls a, with 41% suspecting that a call was fraudulent or suspicious. Vishing typically involves a fraudster calling a victim and posing as someone from a bank fraud team, the police, or another legitimate organisation such as an internet service provider. They attempt to obtain financial information which often includes credit/debit card details, bank account details and personal information such as full name, date of birth or address. This information is then used by the fraudster to gain access to their victim’s finances. Fraudsters can also deceive victims into transferring money to them. Fraudsters can use personal information gleaned from Vishing in a number of ways including to access a victim’s bank account, make fraudulent purchases and commit identity theft. FFA UK said everyone should wary of any unsolicited phone calls and should never disclose bank personal identification numbers or online banking passwords to anyone. It said any suspicious calls should be terminated and warned that criminals typically have some basic information about their intended victims to trick them to disclose more. Email Alerts Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox. By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners.

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