The tips below have been provided by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) as part of the European Cyber Security Month (ECMS) aimed at helping you to stay safe online. The ECMS is an EU awareness campaign that promotes cyber security among citizens and organisations, highlighting simple steps that can be taken to protect their personal, financial and professional data.

The internet can be a dangerous place as Cybercriminals are constantly looking for ways to make money at your expense.  You can protect yourself be keeping alert when online and by being aware of the basic steps you can take to stay safe online.

Always be vigilant!

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  • Check your online accounts regularly.
  • Check your bank account regularly and report any suspicious activity to your bank.
  • Perform online payments only on secure websites (check the URL bar for the padlock and https) and using secure connections (choose a mobile network instead of public Wi-Fi).
  • Your bank will never ask you for sensitive information such as your online account credentials over the phone or email.
  • If an offer sounds too good to be true, it’s almost always a scam.
  • Keep your personal information safe and secure.
  • Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social network sites. Fraudsters can use your information and pictures to create a fake identity or to target you with a scam.
  • If you think that you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank immediately.
  • Always report any suspected fraud attempt to the police, even if you did not fall victim to the scam

For tips on how to use an ATM (or other terminal) safely see the Cardholder Security Tips on this website