Royal Mail Email Scam

22 June 2015

A scam email is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from the Royal Mail. Attached to the email is the CryptoLocker virus. The victim receives an email purporting to be from the Royal Mail stating that they are holding a parcel/letter for the victim. The victim is then required to contact the Royal Mail to arrange for the item to be resent/collected. By following the instructions within the email the CryptoLocker virus is subsequently downloaded to the victim’s computer. This virus encrypts files on the victim’s system and requests a ransom be paid in order for the files to be decrypted. 

Additional incentive is added for early repayment as the ransomware states that the cost of decrypting the files will increase the longer the fine is outstanding. Protect yourself: • Look at who the email is addressed to. Is it generic or specifically addressed? • Look at the quality of the images included on the email. Are they of sufficient high quality that they could come from Royal Mail? • Do not open attachments from unsolicited emails regardless of who they are from. • Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there. • Check the address of any email received to see if it appears legitimate.

Action Fraud

Sexting Becoming The Norm For Teens

17 June 2015

A new campaign which aims to give parents the tools to deal with their children sexting has been launched by the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. The campaign tackles the issues which arise from young people sending self-generated nude or nearly nude images and videos – commonly known as sexting. On average, the NCA’s CEOP Command receives one report a day of a child protection issue linked to sexting. This might be due to the recipient of a private message forwarding it on to others, a young person posting a revealing image on a website or social media with low privacy settings, or a young person being blackmailed by a stranger over revealing images they have been tricked into taking.

The campaign features a series of informative short animations, which have been developed following a two-year research project with the University of Edinburgh, the University of Linkoping in Sweden and the German charity Innocence in Danger.

The films are available for parents to view at Think U Know - the NCA’s CEOP Command’s education programme designed to help protect children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation. Additionally, a free guidance pack is available from Thinkuknow to enable teachers and other practitioners working with families to deliver the films’ key messages to the parents that they work with.

Anybody who is worried that a child is being sexually abused can make a report to the NCA via the Safety Centre or by using the Click CEOP button.  

If you have concerns that a child is in immediate danger please dial 999.

Five top tips to help keep children safe online

Primary Times | 11 June 2015

Here are our five top tips for parents to help facilitate online safety for their children this summer holiday:

1. Connect with your kids. Talk frequently with them about the online risks, and make sure the communication lines are open. You can discuss relevant news stories or cases at schools.

2. Set password rules. To show camaraderie and trust, teens may share their social media passwords but this is a dangerous practice. Put a consequence in place for breaking this critical password rule.

3. Read app reviews. By reading app flags, age restrictions and customer reviews on an app, you will be able to discern if an app is going to be suitable for your child.

4. Gain access. Parents should have passwords for their children’s social media accounts and passcodes to their children’s devices to have full access.

5. Be in the know. Stay one step ahead and take the time to research the various devices your kids use. Stay knowledgeable about the newest and latest social networks.

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