Cyber Crime Event Invitation

Cleveland Police’s Cyber Crime Team is hosting a Cyber Crime Awareness Event to provide online safety advice and to answer any questions and concerns the public may have when using the internet.

The event will be held on Thursday 15th December between 9am and 3pm in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool, and is also being held in conjunction with the Financial Fraud Action UK and City of London Police’s national ‘Take 5’ campaign to stop fraud.

Officers from the Cyber Crime Team will be joined by Police Interceptors who will be selling their calendar for charity, Get Safe Online and Kaspersky who are providing a Formula 1 racing simulator for the event. Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger will also be in attendance and Cleveland Police Community Safety Officers will be on hand to promote Cleveland Connected and to assist the external agencies.

Mr Coppinger said: “Cyber Crime is a growing area of concern, affecting people from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds. It can happen to anyone.

“We want to raise awareness about the type of scams and fraud currently preying on victims and to ensure people have the right advice about protecting themselves.

“This event is a great way for people to meet the team working to keep us safe online and I look forward to attending.”

Some of the questions being answered at the event include how to stay safe when shopping online, banking and dating, how to protect passwords, how to spot phising emails and online/ telephone fraud as well as how to keep children safe online.

Speaking about the event Detective Sergeant Andy Richmond from the Cyber Crime Team said: “This is an excellent way to promote fraud awareness and crime prevention as it is essential to understand how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of online scams and fraud.

“It is also a great opportunity for parents to come along to ask questions about social media and how to protect their children online.

“We are expecting a good turnout at the event and we are all looking forward to meeting everyone.”