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Digital Safety during the Covid-19 outbreak

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Additional information on Coronavirus-related fraud and how you can keep yourself safe

Online fraud alert

In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, fraudsters are more active than ever, taking advantage of increases in online shopping and abusing people’s sense of being on high alert.

Below, you’ll find links to various websites with additional information on the kinds of fraud that are currently on the rise.

ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) Consumer Advice: Avoiding coronavirus scams

This webpage provides ASA’s top tips for avoiding Coronavirus scams as well as a list of useful organisations to contact if you’re concerned about potential scams.

Get Safe Online: Current Coronavirus-related online scams you should be aware of

This article provides short summaries of some common fraudulent activity associated with the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Lead Scotland – What to do in the event of a cyber attack

This article outlines steps you can take if you have fallen victim to a cyber attack, whether Coronavirus-related or not.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Guidance on Home Working

This webpage provides guidance for both organisations and individuals for how to manage new challenges associated with home working when it comes to digital safety. Guidance includes information on phishing scams preying on heightened fears associated with the Coronavirus outbreak.

Ofcom Advice for Consumers: Coronavirus scam calls and texts

On this page, Ofcom gives advice about and picture examples of recent scam calls and text messages related to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Safe, Secure, Online (SWGfL) Cyber Security Advice during Coronavirus

SWGfL identifies some common fraudulent activity occurring during the Coronavirus outbreak as well as advice on how to keep yourself safe.

SWGfL: Coronavirus – Staying connected and Keeping Safe at Home

In this article, SWGfL outlines measures you can take to keep yourself safe online while maintaining connected with others during the Coronavirus outbreak.

UK Government Coronavirus Scam Guidance

This webpage highlights the need to be extra vigilant about scams in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. How to spot Coronavirus scams and stop them

This article offers some statistics on current Coronavirus scams as well as guidance on how to spot a number of fraudulent activity currently impacting people in the wake of the outbreak.

Cyber Resilience Scotland Podcasts

Cyber Resilience Scotland offers a host of podcasts to help you buff your own digital safety measures – an important task during this period of heightened criminal activity online.

Just for Fun – Google Phishing Simulation Quiz

Want to test your knowledge about phishing emails? Take Google’s Phishing Quiz and see how you get on!



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