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Cyber crime

Cybercrime is an ever-increasing threat within the UK. The cost of cyber crime to the UK economy is estimated to be billions of pounds per year, and the costs to individuals and businesses are often staggering.

Police often break cyber crime down into two categories:

  • Cyber enabled crime – traditional crimes committed using the internet e.g. theft, harassment, fraud, identity theft, selling stolen goods, drug dealing or people smuggling.
  • Cyber dependent crime - online crimes where a digital system is the target.  These include attacks on computer systems to disrupt IT infrastructures, e.g. unauthorised access (hacking), malicious software programming (malware) or denial of service.

Cyber security need not be complicated and there are a number of simple steps you can take to help protect yourself from cyber crime.

Cyber crime advice

Individuals and families

Looking for free and impartial advice to protect you and your family, and the technology you rely on?

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have a wealth of advice and guidance for individuals and families.

Advice for individuals and families on the NCSC website

Download our leaflet on Five Simple Steps to Cyber Safety.

Sole traders and self-employed

If you need help on protecting your business and the technology you rely the National Cyber Security Centre has everything you need.

Advice for sole traders and self employed on the NCSC website

Small to medium organisations

If you're a business, charity, school or club with up to 250 employees the National Cyber Security Centre have advice geared specifically for you if you do not have a dedicated internal cyber security team.

Advice for small to medium businesses on the NCSC website

Public sector

The National Cyber Security Centre provides cyber security guidance for public sector organisations employees.

Advice for public sector on the NCSC website

Large Organisations

If you need cyber security advice for a business, charity and critical national infrastructure with more than 250 employees, the National Cyber Security Centre has a wealth of information available.

Advice for large organisations on the NCSC website.

Cyber Professionals

The National Cyber Security Centre have helpful guides available which can help with all things, from finding new cyber security solutions to testing those you've already got in place. 

Advice for cyber professionals on the NCSC website.

Cyber Protect – Free Awareness Sessions

If you represent a small to medium business, community group or conference, feel free to get in touch by emailing: cybercrime@lincs.pnn.police.uk

Read more about Lincolnshire Police Cyber Crime Unit

Cyber Choices

The Cyber Choices network was created to help people make informed choices and to use their cyber skills in a legal way.

This is a national initiative co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency and delivered by Cyber Choices teams within Regional Organised Crime Units and Local Police Force Cyber Teams.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Educate on the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the possible consequences should they break the law.
  • Encourage individuals to make informed choices about their use of technology
  • Deter and/or divert individuals from cyber crime
  • Promote legal and ethical cyber opportunities

More information on the programme along with some videos, leaflets and teaching resources can be found at www.cyberchoices.uk.

To speak to an Cyber Choices team member about any aspect of the initiative, please email in the first instance to cybercrime@lincs.pnn.police.uk

Report Cybercrime and Fraud

Action Fraud

If you have been a victim of fraud, and there isn't immediate danger, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, which takes crime reports from victims and provides a crime reference number. Action Fraud provides a single place for victims of fraud and cyber crime to report to, or get advice on protecting themselves.

For more advice, visit actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

Suspicious Email Reporting Service 

If you've received what you believe to be a phishing email, you can report this to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service. Simply forward the suspected email to report@phishing.gov.uk

Report text message scams by forwarding the original message to 7726 (spells SPAM on the keypad).

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