Fraud and Cybercrime Awareness
The parish and town council sector can be particularly vulnerable to cybercrime and online fraud. Why? There are three reasons:
1. Parish and town councils are public bodies, with web sites that normally display the contact details of the clerk and all the councillors so that they are accessible to the residents they represent.
2. Councillors and clerks are usually helpful people who have an inclination to assist others, which is why they are in public service. They are less likely to be suspicious of sudden and urgent appeals for assistance.
3. The average age of parish and town councillors in Northamptonshire is 58, but there are still plenty of councillors in their late seventies and eighties, a demographic known to be at higher risk from cyber crime.
Northamptonshire Police has produced eye-catching posters (see below) on how to keep online accounts secured, the so-called "CEO Fraud", and Invoice Fraud. These three areas present the greatest risk to parish and town councillors and their members. Please display the posters in your communities and discuss the risks in your council and remind each other frequently of the dangers.
Posted: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 08:39 by Danny Moody