ought to be a time of the pleasantest relaxation, that moment when
you slump down comfortably into a cosy chair in your favourite coffee
bar, get out your cell phone and connect to the free Wi-Fi. But
Citizens Advice has warned that just this simple leisurely action can
be targeted by criminals, whoare setting up their own Wi-Fi hot
spots to try to get you to connect to them.
the fraudsters broadcast a Wi-Fi connection with a vague name like
"free_wifi" or "coffee_shop_wifi". If you connect
your phone to this, any data you are sending can be captured.
if you log into emails using an "app", without typing in
the password, the phone will still send your password over the Wi-Fi
and it could be intercepted. If you use automated passwords and do
not enter your user name and password manually, these details can
still be intercepted.
avoid being becoming a victim of this scam, do one of the following:
Make sure you are connecting to a trusted Wi-Fi hot spot, operated by
the venue you are in - ask staff if you are in doubt.
Do not use public Wi-Fi for online banking or anything else
sensitive, but use your 3G, 4G or 5G connection instead (date sent
over these connections is always encrypted).
Use a VPN (virtual private network) when connecting to public Wi-Fi.
updated Little Book of Big Scams at
has more details about this and other prevalent frauds.
if you suspect that you've been scammed, contact Action Fraud on 0300
123 2040 or on the Internet at www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Alternatively, get in touch with Citizens Advice on Adviceline 03 444
111444, or drop in to your nearest Citizens Advice. For locations and
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