SOLIHULL Council and West Midlands Police are to hold a free public webinar at 7pm this coming Tuesday, February 1 to tell people how they can help protect themselves from online fraud and scams.
The move comes as new data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) revealed individuals and organisations in the UK reported losses of £1.3billion to fraud and cyber-crime between January 1 and July 31, 2021 – a 300 per cent increase on the previous year’s figure of £414.7m.
Instances of cyber-crime also increased by 700 per cent, rising from 39,160 to 289,437.
The NFIB’s data reveals major spikes in reported instances of such crimes between January and March 2021, at the height of the UK’s second major lockdown, with more than 137,000 crimes resulting in losses of £625.6m reported during the first quarter.
Speakers include –
Ian Parnell – Chief Supt, Solihull Neighbourhood Policing Unit
Richard Staveley – Head of Trading Standards, Solihull Council
Khatija Nichols – Economic Crime Unit Fraud & Cyber Protect Coordinator for West Midlands Police
Detective Inspector Michelle Ohren, Head of Cyber and Innovation at The West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre (WMCRC)
To book your free place click: here