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Councillor Greene urges people to protect themselves online

Published: 4 December, 2016

Sinn Féin Erne East Councillor, Sheamus Greene, is calling on people to protect themselves online coming up to the Christmas period.

Speaking from Brookeborough, Councillor Greene said:

"I have been contacted by several people in recent weeks who have become victims of cyber-crime.

"In one case, the person was out over £6,000 when their card details were stolen and used on an online auction site.

"The banks often contact their customers if they notice unusual activity. However, at this time of year, when we are maybe spending a little more, this can go undetected.

"If you do become a victim of cyber-crime ensure that you ask your bank for reimbursement.

"Cyber-crime appears to be on the increase. I would call on people to be particularly vigilant when putting any bank details online and be wary if sent emails claiming to be from your bank. Banks will not ask you for your account details.

"Ensure that any sites you visit are genuine and that you have adequate security protecting your details online. Keep an eye on your bank accounts to ensure that there is no unusual activity.

"I would encourage anyone unsure about online security issues, or want to know more to have a look at 'Get Safe Online' for helpful information about staying safe online and how you can protect yourself. - Ends/Críoch

Notes for Editor:

Stay Safe Online address: getsafeonline.org