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Social engineering fraud

‘Social engineering fraud’ is a broad term that refers to the scams used by criminals to trick, deceive and manipulate their victims into giving out confidential information and funds.

Criminals exploit a person’s trust in order to find out their banking details, passwords or other personal data.

Scams are carried out online – for example, by email or through social networking sites – by telephone, or even in person.

Who is targeted?

Everyone!

Elderly people are especially vulnerable, but people of all ages, in all countries, from all backgrounds are at risk. We all need to be alert to the dangers of social engineering fraud, both in our personal and professional lives, and to take the necessary precautions.

Why do people let themselves get tricked?

Social engineering techniques are becoming extremely sophisticated and messages often appear to be very professional. The criminals know how to manipulate people and can be very convincing.

Criminals exploit a person’s trust or their willingness to help others, or simply use intimidation to achieve their results.

Despite this, there are some simple steps you can take in order to protect your data.

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If you receive an email from someone claiming to represent INTERPOL, requesting personal information or bank account information, you should ignore it and treat it as spam.

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