First published: 08 July 2022
Get Safe Online and Cifas launch new Check-a-Website capability
Get Safe Online has partnered with Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, to launch ‘Check-a-Website’. An innovative new feature, hosted on www.getsafeonline.org that invites users to check if a website is safe to use before accessing. It is expected to prevent thousands of people in the UK falling victim to unwanted online scams every year.
Criminals are increasingly turning to the internet to target victims, with malicious and spoofed websites becoming increasingly sophisticated. These websites are designed to steal the financial and personal details of users – which are often used to facilitate identity theft. The latest data from Cifas has revealed that there was a 43% increase in cases involving identity fraud filed to the National Fraud Database in Q1 2022 when compared to the same period last year, with 9 in 10 instances of identity fraud taking place online.
Check a website is an easy-to-use online tool which helps determine whether a website is likely to be legitimate or a scam before you visit it. Users simply type in the address of the website they want to check, and their results will appear within seconds.
Provided in the UK by Get Safe Online, in conjunction with Cifas, ScamAdviser, Barclays and other partners, it cleverly uses an algorithm to provide a trust score based on more than 40 data sources as well as thousands of reports of malicious websites from law enforcement agencies, regulators and consumer brands every week.
Hosted on Get Safe Online’s UK website, individuals can also access this new feature using the below link:
Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, comments:
“For over 15 years Get Safe Online has been providing online safety advice and tips for individuals and small businesses to ensure all of us can use the internet safely and with confidence. The internet is amazing, but as with so many things, there are downfalls to look out for when using it – scams, fraud, people trying to exploit you and your personal information.
Launching Check a Website today is revolutionary and we are very excited to be able to finally offer individuals the opportunity to literally ‘check a website’ before they use it. We are also hugely grateful to our partners who have helped to make it happen – now we just want to let as many people know about it as possible so the UK can benefit from this new capability and help improve the united fight against scammers.”
Mike Haley, Chief Executive for Cifas said:
“This is a great tool for aiding consumers in the continuing fight against online fraud.
“The devastating impact of fraud can result not only in the loss of income or sensitive personal information, but also a loss of confidence when navigating an increasingly digital world. By being able to quickly check whether the website you’re visiting is credible, you can be safer online, reduce your exposure to illegal websites and have peace of mind knowing that you are defending yourself from cyber criminals.”
The tool was originally devised in 2012 and has been the subject of continuous improvement by the ScamAdviser technical team ever since. It has been used successfully in the Netherlands and Portgual, and the UK is latest to benefit from its unique capabilities.
Check a website is supported by a number of organisations. Primary Supporters include Get Safe Online, Cifas and Barclays, and Associate Supporters being Cyber Defence Alliance, National Trading Standards Scams Team and Skipton Building Society.
About Get Safe Online:
Get Safe Online is an authoritative and widely-respected resource designed to help individuals and small businesses stay safe, secure and confident when using the internet. The information and advice provided – on its UK website at www.getsafeonline.org, social media channels, media activities, outreach activities and via its partner channels – is designed to be impartial, practical and easy to follow by all of its target audiences. Get Safe Online also works closely with a number of police forces and MOD organisations, and has also, over the last two years, established a network of websites and local representations in 24 Commonwealth countries, funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Get Safe Online was established in 2006 and is a not-for-profit organisation.
Cifas is the UK’s fraud prevention service. We lead the fight against fraud by sharing data, intelligence and learning. The organisations that collaborate with us are drawn from all sectors, operating in both the public and private sectors working together to stop fraud. A full list of our members can be found on our website.
Cifas data is included in the Office of National Statistics England and Wales Crime Statistics of police recorded crime and works alongside law enforcement agencies in tackling fraud.
Organisations that work with Cifas, contribute to and benefit from the UK’s largest databases of fraud risk data and intelligence.