Am I a victim of cybercrime?
Cybercrime takes many different forms. For example:
You opened an email attachment and now you cannot access any of the files or folders on your computer. A note was left on your computer asking a payment to be made in order to regain access to your data.
Someone has hacked into your online accounts – social media, banking, email, etc. and made changes to your details without your permission to do so. Or, an associate of yours has received an email that has been sent from your email address informing them of a change of payment details and you know that you did not send the email.
Denial of Service Attacks
Your business or personal website or IT system has come under some form of cyber-attack and genuine visitors/users are unable to access the systems that they require.
How do I report Cybercrime?
You can report Cybercrime as follows:
- By phoning 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency)
- In person at any police station
What happens when I report Cybercrime?
Your report may be forwarded to local officers who might be able to resolve your problem or take a report of a crime. Following this, your report may be passed to CID or other specialist Departments within Police Scotland for further investigation.
Further information on Cybercrime is in our Keep Safe section.