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Green Duck's David Buist has some tips on how to spot online scams

At the height of Covid-19 lockdowns, 60 per cent of the UK’s adult population was working from home – and this is expected to increase to 70 per cent by 2025.

The rise of remote working has also led to a rise in cybercrime, so it has never been more critical for businesses to strengthen online security measures.
It's also important they increase vigilance of their employees when working in and out of the office.

David Buist, of Green Duck
David Buist, of Green Duck

What should I be looking for?

Fraudsters are duping people into parting with their money by setting up bogus charities that claim to support popular or trending causes.

For instance, the recent Seaspiracy documentary has prompted scammers to set up a false ‘Save the Turtles’ charity, with a functioning website and social media pages selling merchandise at temptingly discounted rates. On the surface, everything looks in order. However, these fraudsters are opportunists who have identified a surge in people donating to sea life causes. They’re even sponsoring their websites and social media pages to take full advantage of this interest.

Staff need to be vigilant against scammers
Staff need to be vigilant against scammers

Cyber criminals are also ‘befriending’ unsuspecting members of the public on social media using bogus accounts and proceeding to post malicious links intended to divert victims to fake login pages where they’re required to re-enter their usernames and passwords. Upon ‘signing in’, fraudsters gain access to the victim’s account and target their contacts with malicious scams.

What can I do about it?

If you want to mitigate risk for your business, and navigate the precarious waters of the internet but are unsure about where to begin, our technical team is offering free, tailored, and confidential advice for business owners and their teams on all aspects of cyber security, computational health, and virtual positioning concerns – with no obligation.

Green Duck
Green Duck

Alternatively, join us on May 5 at 10am to meet our cyber security experts and find out more about how we can support your business. Plus, on registering your place, you’ll receive a free Cyber Security Support Tool to implement companywide.

To register your place for the free webinar, visit labsec.co.uk/free-webinar-registration or contact me directly to find out more about cyber security for your business by emailing David.buist@greenduck.co.uk or calling 01284 333 452.

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