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Criminals use a victim’s name or personal information, often found on the internet, to apply for credit cards, loans or take money from their accounts.

CASE STUDY: Company director John Dawe, 50, found he had been the victim of identity fraud after receiving demands for payment from a mobile company he did not use.

She blamed her internet provider for putting her at risk, saying they were “at best unhelpful and at worst dismissive”.

She added: “‘I had no reason to think these were not genuine marketing calls from Talk Talk.” TOP TIPS: PETE said: “Secure devices and laptops with strong passwords and download and register anti-theft software.

Here we outline the most common types of online scams while Pete Turner, of security software company AVG Technologies, offers his expert advice. Scammers try to convince people to reveal personal information such as their passwords or bank details online.

CASE STUDY: PR consultant Sally Jones was conned out of £1,000 after believing her laptop was infected with a virus.

He believes his personal details had been posted online by crooks, who then used his personal details to make transactions in his name.

Lynda, of Bournemouth, paid £250 and gave them access to her computer believing they would insert anti-virus software.He said: “You are more likely now to be mugged online than in the street.” And Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham rapped new PM Theresa May, the former Home Secretary.He said: “She was fond of saying crime is falling but, as people can see, crime has moved.” A recent Portsmouth University report estimated that fraud costs the economy an annual £193billion.CLSA has been a Founding Sponsor of ACGA since 2001.Its long-term support has been vital in helping the Association undertake broad-based research on corporate governance in Asia, in particular "CG Watch", the collaborative survey we carry out every two years with CLSA.

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