Dangers on the internet

Keywords: Network crime

Most internet fraudsters have one thing in mind; to make money. To this end they use all kinds of tricks to gain access to their victimsʼ data.

Common methods:

Requesting confidential information such as passwords or credit card numbers on websites
Misusing stolen data
e.g. Phishing

What you should do

  • Do not disclose any personal or confidential information via e-mail.
  • Never click on any links and do not open attachments.
  • Do not transfer any money.
  • Do not trust anyone who claims on the phone to want to help you.
  • Do not upload any information or pictures onto the internet that are too personal.
  • Update all programmes at regular intervals, especially anti-virus programmes.
     

Requesting remote access to their victim’s computer, for example because of a virus or other system error. Request during a support call to enter passwords or online banking data Manipulating the computer, diverting data entered by the victim to the caller’s computer, misusing stolen data  e.g. Phishing

What you should do

  • Do not disclose any personal or confidential information via e-mail.
  • Never click on any links and do not open attachments.
  • Do not transfer any money.
  • Do not trust anyone who claims on the phone to want to help you.
  • Do not upload any information or pictures onto the internet that are too personal.
  • Update all programmes at regular intervals, especially anti-virus programmes.
     

(e.g. names and addresses via Facebook)

Identity theft, creating fake profiles
Purchasing goods in the victim’s name, establishing contact with the victim under the pretense of a financial emergency  e.g.
Identity theft

What you should do

  • Do not disclose any personal or confidential information via e-mail.
  • Never click on any links and do not open attachments.
  • Do not transfer any money.
  • Do not trust anyone who claims on the phone to want to help you.
  • Do not upload any information or pictures onto the internet that are too personal.
  • Update all programmes at regular intervals, especially anti-virus programmes.

Installing malware
Misusing stolen data, extorting money, transmitting spam
e.g. Ransomware

What you should do

  • Do not disclose any personal or confidential information via e-mail.
  • Never click on any links and do not open attachments.
  • Do not transfer any money.
  • Do not trust anyone who claims on the phone to want to help you.
  • Do not upload any information or pictures onto the internet that are too personal.
  • Update all programmes at regular intervals, especially anti-virus programmes.

To extort money cyber criminals often threaten their victims with uploading pornographic or sexually explicit photos or videos onto the internet.

Extorting money, coercing victims (especially children) into sending sexually explicit material
Threatening to upload images onto the internet/send to friends if payment is not made
e.g. Sextortion

What you should do

  • Do not be enticed into carrying out sexual acts in front of a webcam.
  • Do not transfer any money.

Paedophile criminals flatter children or young people into sending them nude pictures and then use these photos to blackmail their victims into sending them more. Sometimes, they even try to meet up with their victim.

(from children or young people)

Requesting more pictures or suggesting a meeting
Uploading illegal material onto the internet/distributing online, for example on exchange platforms or arranging a meeting with a victim
e.g. Grooming

What you should do

  • Talk to your children about the dangers of the internet.
  • Be very wary about online romances.
  • Do not comply with any requests.
  • Contact the website operator if you know about any illegal material.

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