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Dark Web, identity theft and phishing highlighted at forthcoming Online Fraud Conference

Organisers of an Online Fraud Conference for Staffordshire businesses have confirmed the line-up of speakers which include a reformed hacker who began his career at the age of ten.

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire is staging the free conference on the 29th November at Stafford Show Ground. Over 200 businesses have already booked a place and tickets are going fast.


DS Amanda Davies and Sue Arnold

Cal Leeming, a former hacker who now assists law enforcement agencies will talk about his remarkable journey and Julie McArdle from RBS Security will reveal the tricks of the scammers. Other speakers include Detective Sergeant Gary Sirrell who will shine a light on the Dark Web and local firm Intaforensics will stage a live hack to reveal just how easy it is to fall foul of online fraud.

Speaking about the event, Matthew Ellis, PCC said: “The nature of crime is changing and we must do all we can to adapt. Online fraud is a huge problem and Staffordshire businesses are paying the price. I hope this conference will help the business community respond”

Deputy PCC, Sue Arnold added: “We’ve gathered speakers from industry, banking and law-enforcement to help the business community understand the scale of the problem and reveal the steps they can take to avoid the devastating consequences.” 

The event will be hosted by TV personality Joanne Malin and promises to be a real eye-opener for Staffordshire businesses.

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