News | 18 October 2021

Suspicious emails (Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Week 3)

Most people are familiar with terms like phishing, where a cybercriminal ‘hooks’ you in via email, text or phone asking for money or information. But...

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Suspicious emails - Cybersecurity awareness month - week 3 graphic. Cybersecurity awareness month - week 3: suspicious emails. Can you be sure that email is from who you think it is? We've seen a recent trend over the past 18 months where supplier's emails are hacked and used to commit mandate fraud. This can often be the result of poor password security.

News | 11 October 2021

Password security (Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Week 2)

A survey by Google found that 50% of people use the same passwords for the majority of their accounts, making them much easier to hack.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month WEEK 2: Password security. The risks of poor login security and reusing passwords. 50% of people use the same passwords for most accounts. Password best practice is the three random words method. Online fraud increased by 70% in the last year. Veritau logo

News | 4 October 2021

Cybersecurity at work (Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Week 1)

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and as usual we're helping our member councils spread awareness of common cybercrime topics...

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Cybersecurity awareness month - week 1: Cybersecurity at work. Why does cybersecurity matter in local government? £2.87 million = Average cost of a cyberattack in 2020 200 days = average time to detect a breach 45% of people see their organisation being at little or no risk 51% of people say IT should be solely responsible

News | 24 September 2021

Council tenant living abroad ordered by court to vacate property

Fraud officers worked in collaboration with the housing officers to investigate this case, after a routine visit to the property led to concerns that...

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Council tenant living abroad - press release - York County Court

News | 21 September 2021

Be aware of Covid pass fraud

Fraudsters are using the NHS Covid pass as a way to target the public by convincing them to hand over money, financial details and personal information. A new campaign is asking members of the public...

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Beware of Covid pass fraud_NHS

News | 15 April 2021

Preventing fraud on social media: Fraud Advisory Panel statement

The Fraud Advisory Panel has published a joint statement on preventing fraud on social media. Social media has featured in at least 61,000 crime reports to Action Fraud...

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Preventing fraud on social media - fraud advisory panel PDF

News | 14 January 2021

Be alert to vaccine fraud

We’re supporting a campaign by the Government Counter Fraud Profession and NHS Counter Fraud Authority to combat so-called vaccine fraud. Covid-19 vaccination programmes have opened up new opportunities...

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Be alert to vaccine fraud - NHS counter fraud

News | 19 November 2020

Social care fraud

Social care fraud isn’t the type of crime that springs to mind when the word ‘fraud’ is mentioned, but it’s one of the fastest growing risks to the public purse.…

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Image of elderly persons hand being held by carer - social care fraud - Veritau

News | 17 November 2020

Business rates fraud

What is business rates fraud? Business rates fraud is when businesses attempt to gain relief or exemptions from business rates that they’re not entitled to. It’s also known as non-domestic…

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News | 5 November 2020

Fraud team shortlisted for national award

We're pleased to announce that our counter fraud team has been shortlisted for a Tackling Economic Crime Award (TECA) for the second year in a row. Sponsored by Cifas...

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Image of fraud team and TECA Logo - Finalist 2020 - Veritau fraud team nominated for award

News | 26 October 2020

Phishing and its risks

Phishing is when cybercriminals attempt to trick you into giving away information. This usually occurs via email but can also be received on a text message, by phone, letter...

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Phishing wide infographic Veritau

News | 25 October 2020

What is whaling?

Whaling is where a cybercriminal impersonates a senior member of staff and sends a communication under their guise. It's similar to phishing but specifically targets senior people...

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What is whaling wide infographic Veritau