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The focus of the workshop, held on 13 June, was to raise awareness of the types of online scams and vulnerabilities, how they are delivered to victims, and how people can protect themselves and their devices, all delivered in a non-tech and easy to digest way. The workshop was attended by HSBC employees, States of Jersey Police and other local agencies
In addition to the workshop, the Get Safe Online team, along with HSBC, SOJP and Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey, also held a stall in King Street (14thJune) offering free online safety advice to islanders about how to spot the signs of online fraud, what to do if they feel they have been targeted and how to avoid being targeted in the first place.
Commenting on the community and business initiatives, John Goddard, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man, said:
“Cybercrime is an ever evolving problem which banks such as HSBC, alongside the local authorities, are working hard to prevent, but the importance of education around the issue is paramount. We are pleased to help ensure that our customers are fully aware of the risks and feel empowered to both prevent cybercrime and report it if necessary.”
Chris Beechey, States of Jersey Police, Detective Chief Inspector, commented:
“80% of all cybercrime can be prevented by taking simple preventative steps. Training community police officers to better understand these steps means that we can deliver such messages in a more effective way thereby helping to prevent others from becoming victims of cybercrime. This is especially so in a small community such as ours, where the communication of such messages can be swiftly and effectively delivered.
“The challenges of cybercrime investigation have been widely reported – emphasising the continued importance of our preventative work and focus.”