An Garda Síochána, NDCN & DLDC Target Cyber Crime with New Online Safety Campaign

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North
Donegal Community Network (NDCN), An Garda Síochána and Donegal Local Development CLG have joined
forces to roll-out a new ‘Community Safety Campaign’ across North Donegal
targeting the real threat to public safety of ‘Cyber-crime, scams and fraud,’
and to promote public awareness on the issue.

Sergeant
Rory Harrison who is a forensic and computer science expert with the Gardaí is
leading out on the initiative under the direction of Super-intendent David
Kelly in response to the increase in the number of cyber-crimes being reported
by people in Donegal.

Chairperson of NDCN, Benny Trearty said that, ‘Cyber-crimes can affect people from all ages, backgrounds and professions. The scammers will try and take money from anyone. They are experts at what they do and are targeting good people in a multitude of ways. They really don’t care who you are if they can profit from what they do.’
NDCN have worked with An Garda Síochána to pilot three ‘Staying Safe Online’ events in Termon, Dunfanaghy and Cranford during May 2019, taking a lead on the issue on behalf of communities across North Donegal. The talks cover a variety of issues including credit-card fraud, malware, phishing, password fraud, hacking, data breaches, online exploitation, identity theft, ransom and impersonation.
NDCN community representative James Trearty said that, ‘We believe that keeping the community informed about the different types of crimes and tactics used is critical. Crime is crime it’s just that criminals are now using different tactics online. There should be no fear in the public’s mind and the public are encouraged to report any form of crime to An Garda Síochána whether online or otherwise. An Garda Síochána’s main concern is about public safety online and about fraud prevention. We are responding to the ever increasing range of tactics used by criminals online. Our approach to public protection focuses on education, awareness and prevention. This is the focus of the talks, how to protect you and your family online. Parents will find these talks of huge benefit.’
NDCN have worked with An Garda Síochána to pilot three ‘Staying Safe Online’ events in Termon, Dunfanaghy and Cranford during May 2019, taking a lead on the issue on behalf of communities across North Donegal. The talks cover a variety of issues including credit-card fraud, malware, phishing, password fraud, hacking, data breaches, online exploitation, identity theft, ransom and impersonation.


The final in the series of the pilot talks is on this Monday night 20th May in Cranford Community Centre at 8:00pm. All are welcome so please feel free to come along on the evening.