Online security event gives public opportunity to try F1 simulator

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Merseyside Police Economic Crime Unit is providing a unique opportunity for the community of Merseyside to meet professionals from the police and banking industry for invaluable advice on online security, parental and child online safety, and fraud and scams.

On Friday and Saturday (10 and 11 November) between 10am and 4pm, members of the public will be able to try out a Formula One simulator for free, which will be in place on Church Street, near Hanover Street, outside Lloyds bank.

A team of experts will provide advice on keeping children safe online, device security, banking, social media, reporting online crime and how to check to see if your email address has ever been compromised.

There will free anti-virus, and password manager software given out on a first-come first-served basis, and a prize for the fastest lap speed over the two days on the F1 simulator.

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This event comes in response to the rising number of cybercrime cases across Merseyside and the UK. According to Action Fraud from UK crime reporting information they have identified that between October 2016-March 2017, 345,807 people in the UK have been subject of fraud losing an estimated £1.7 billion.

The 'pop-up shop' is in response to the rise from fraud and cyber enabled crime and has been designed to guide the public on how to stay safe online and draw attention to the risks associated with internet use.

Members of the public will be able to join experts from the force and the private industry who will provide easy to follow, impartial and free, online safety advice, while raising awareness of the simple steps we can all take to protect ourselves online.
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Detective Inspector Graeme Towndrow, from the Economic Crime Unit, said “This is a great opportunity to interact directly with representatives from Get Safe Online and Merseyside Police detectives that specialise in preventing and disrupting online crime.

“If you’re concerned about keeping relatives safe, protecting your finances or even running your business, please drop by and my officers will help you Get Safe on Line.

"The latest figures show the scale and impact that online crime is having on individuals and businesses. By hosting this campaign in the city centre, we hope to raise awareness of online crime in the region and highlight the basic steps people in Merseyside can take to avoid becoming victims of online fraud.
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"As people continue to be affected by online crime, it is so important that we provide safety advice to the public so they can prevent being affected by this growing crime. The event is about highlighting the real risk to the public, and giving them advice personal to them.

“I would like to thank all contributors to this two-day event, which without the support from Getsafeonline, Barclays and Kaspersky internet security this event would not have been possible.”

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