With recent events such as COVID, the cost-of-living-crisis and technological advancements such as AI, cybercriminals are consistently provided with new opportunities to create and implement cyberattacks and scams. It is imperative that as individuals we stay alert to this type of criminal activity that aims to defraud all of us but in particular those that are vulnerable and more susceptible to attacks.
Here at BRI, we take these very real threats extremely seriously and always ensure that robust measures are followed to establish a strong cyber security framework within our organisation.
BRI Wealth Management is annually assessed against the government-backed Cyber Essentials Scheme, and we are currently in the midst of renewing our certification for 2023. This is one of the ways we look to evidence how we as a business continue to implement an effective means of defence against the threat of potential cyber attacks.
We are always looking to improve our cyber resilience, thus continuing to safeguard our organisation and – crucially – our clients investments and personal data.
If you have any concerns that you may have fallen victim to a cyber attack or scam, then it is essential that you report this and let us know so that we can help you.
You should not feel embarrassed about reporting a scam, scammers are clever, and scams can happen to anyone.
If you have transferred money to the scammer in the last 24 hours you should call 101, if you feel threatened or unsafe call 999.
All scams should be reported to Action Fraud – on 0300 123 2040 or online via their website
You should also consider reporting the scam to:
- Your bank or other financial institution
- Trading standards
- If the scam involves investments or pensions to The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) by visiting their page here
If you have any further questions, please contact your BRI adviser.