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  • Fraud is linked to deception and forgery and includes faking something such as a signature, passport or credit card and using it as if it were genuine
  • Counterfeiting is the term used specifically for copying/forging bank notes
  • Piracy is also fraud, so downloading pirate films, music, computer programs, and computer games is against the law and punishable with serious consequences if caught
  • Any item that has a copyright cannot be copied unless permission is given by the publisher and in some cases a fee is paid
  • Being a victim of fraud and deception can be distressing and there are ways of protecting yourself
    • Always keep important documents with you or make sure you know that they are in a safe place
    • Don’t share your personal information with anyone unless you are sure you know who they are
    • Never tell anyone your PIN numbers, even if they say they are from your bank or the police
    • Check your card and bank statements against receipts to make sure there aren’t transactions you didn’t make yourself
    • Only use secure, well-known internet sites when shopping on line
    • Do not buy from web sites that do not display a phone number and full postal address and check them out before buying to be absolutely sure see Shopping Online
    • Shred all documents that contain personal and financial information, do not throw them in the waste bin not shredded
    • If your mobile phone has a PIN number or security code, make sure you use it
    • Security mark you mobile phone.

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