Urban Fraud Myths

Do you know your fraud fact from fraud fiction? Action Fraud and the City of London Police launch its Urban Fraud Myths campaign to let you know the truth about fraud and cyber crime

Urban fraud myths are everywhere, which if believed often leave people in danger of becoming a victim of fraud and cyber crime.

For 13 working days from 28th October 2015, Action Fraud and the City of London Police will be identifying common fraud myths and letting people know the reality of these myths and possible ways to avoid falling into the fraudsters trap.

Urban Myths will be debunked throughout the course of the campaign; all with the aim to bring people’s attention to these kinds of myths and provide them with the alternate reality. People should feel empowered to protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud and cyber crime and this campaign should help people to feel confident to do this.

There are plenty of other myths out there and Action Fraud wants to help people to discover the reality about fraud and cyber crime before it is too late.  Action Fraud will therefore be inviting people to share some of the myths that they have come across and any questions that they may have about them, using the hashtag #UrbanFraudMyths.

Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime, Commander Chris Greany who will be overseeing the campaign said: “There are a number of misconceptions around fraud and cyber crime which often leave people vulnerable. This campaign will help to shatter these misconceptions and provide the public with a clearer picture, helping them to challenge possible urban myths and stop fraudsters in their tracks. The more information people have about the reality of fraud and cyber crime the easier it will be to stop it from taking place”.

For more information about the Urban Fraud Myths campaign please visit: www.actionfraud.police.uk/resources-and-campaigns/urban-myths

Myth 1 (Dating Fraud)   Myth 2 (Spoofing)   Myth 3 (Pin Safety)
Myth 4 (Money Mules)     Myth 5 (Public Wifi)     Myth 6 (Intellectual Property Fraud)
Myth 7 (Insurance Fraud)   Myth 8 (Money Transfer Systems)   Myth 9 (Passwords)
Myth 10 (Social Engineering)   Myth 11 (Legitimate Websites)   Myth 12 (Antivirus Software)
    Myth 13 (Charity Fraud)