New Publication: Cyber Scamming and Fraud

Emily Rosenorn-Lanng
Stevie Corbin-Clarke
12th June 2019

Cyber scamming is a serious problem that affects many people in the UK and around the world. Cyber scammers use various techniques and platforms to deceive and manipulate their targets, such as emails, texts, phone calls, social media, online dating, etc. The aim of cyber scamming is often to make you visit a website, which may download a virus onto your computer, or steal your bank details or other personal information. This can cause significant financial and emotional harm to the victims, as well as undermine public trust and confidence.

If you want to protect yourself and others from cyber scamming, you need to be aware of the common signs and tactics of scammers, such as:

  • Asking for personal or financial information
  • Asking for money or bank details
  • Asking you to click on a link or open an attachment
  • Asking you to act urgently or keep it a secret
  • Offering something that sounds too good to be true
  • Using pressure or threats
  • Pretending to be someone you trust

You also need to take action if you suspect or encounter a scam, such as:

  • Hanging up the phone or closing the browser
  • Checking the source or contact details
  • Verifying the information or request with someone else
  • Reporting the scam to Action Fraud or your bank
  • Seeking help or support if you have been affected
Meet the author(s)

Emily Rosenorn-Lanng

Emily Rosenorn-Lanng is a researcher and project manager at the National Centre for Cross Disciplinary Social Work (NCCDSW) at Bournemouth University. She has over 19 years of experience in conducting and managing various research projects in health and social care, local government, tourism and heritage sectors. She specialises in quantitative research methods, game-based learning, generative AI, cybersecurity, and accessibility. She is also pursuing a part-time PhD in game-based learning in Cyber Security education. She has published several research papers and reports on topics such as mental capacity, cyber fraud, child mortality, leadership development, and more. She has also participated in the InnovateUK cyberasap program, a pre-accelerator for cyber security start-ups.
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Stevie Corbin-Clarke

Research Assistant
Stevie Corbin-Clarke is a research assistant in the Department of Social Work and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University. She graduated with a degree in Primary Education (BA Hons) from the University of Chichester in 2017 and joined BU shortly after. She works across multiple research centres, including the NCCDSW and The Centre for Seldom Heard Voices and Marginalized Communities. She has a passion for qualitative research methods and engaging with vulnerable groups and sensitive issues.
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