Kent suffered £14.8 million in losses to Cybercrime and fraud in just six months during 2017, 70% of those victims were businesses.
These are committed without devices but are changed by use of technology in terms of scale and reach. This includes online fraud, and where devices are used to organise or arrange crimes.
The team proactively identify and investigate digital crimes, and disrupt the offenders responsible by making arrests, seizing equipment, and prosecuting them. The officers gather intelligence about methods used and will work to stay up-to-date with the latest threats, viruses and scams. The Cybercrime Unit gives presentations to different groups and engages with many different businesses, they share advice and explain why SMEs are most at risk from an attack and how they can protect themselves
Aimee Payne, Cyber Protect & Prevent Officer, Kent & Essex Police (Serious Crime Directorate)
Aimee Payne, Cyber Protect & Prevent Officer said: ‘Emerging crime patterns and trends over the last year or so have pointed towards a substantial growth in this type of offence and our unit is in place to respond to that. Indeed, Kent police has received more than 8,000 reports of fraud, involving the loss of some £12 million in the last six months alone. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable as they may be unable to invest in computer protection in the same way a large company can".
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