E-crime is criminal activity carried out using computers or the internet. It can include:

  • scam emails and online scams (including online information theft and phishing websites)
  • viruses and malware
  • denial of service (DoS) attacks (where a site or network is intentionally made unavailable by an outside source).

KCC Trading Standards is working to raise awareness of e-crime and the tricks criminals use. We want to help you understand e-crime and know how to stay safe and secure online.

Criminals are developing new malicious software, also known as malware, every day. Malware infects computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones and gathers information without the users' permission.