Avoid being scammed online, and report extremist material

Categories: The Wellside


Every now and again, I get an email, or a whatsapp message which looks a bit fishy. Quite often, it’s obvious that these messages are trying to scam me. Occasionally, I click what seems to be a reasonable link, and find myself looking at an impressively well-made site asking me for personal details. I have to Google it to find out that it is someone’s sophisticated attempt to extract money from me.

Thankfully, the police have teamed up with a number of other organisations to produce www.getsafeonline.org, which has a wealth of articles and advice to help you avoid scams and fraud online.

You might also be unaware that next week (28th November – 4th December 2016) is Counter Terrorism Awareness Week.

We have been asked to share with you details of the “red button” (above) which makes it easy for you to report on-line terrorist and extremist material. The CTIRU (Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit) will consider whether this material should be removed

STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online Presence

Tackling extremist material is important to protect the public and prevent offences that incite or promote terrorism and extremism.

The internet and social media provides many opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals.  The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit put considerable effort into removing terrorist and extremist material however communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. Police depend on information from the public in our efforts to keep us all safe and we are asking anyone who has concerns about online content to report it by clicking the STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online button.

Author: Matthew Creber

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