Free fraud and cybercrime advice seminar for businesses
Hertfordshire businesses are invited to attend a free Fraud and Cybercrime Breakfast Seminar organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner Mr David Lloyd.

It is being hosted by the Independent Business Advisory Group (IBAG) which was established by the Commissioner to help local firms tackle and discuss key crime issues.

The event is being held online from 8am to 9am with an opportunity for networking from 9 – 9.30am on Thursday 8th October and is open to all companies and businesses across the county.

Expert speakers will be offering advice on preventing cybercrime and foiling fraudsters who target commercial operations.

Virtual attendees will hear of emerging threats and which premises are most at risk of being targeted. They will also learn how fraudsters contact businesses via phishing emails, postal and telephone scams and what measures to take to mitigate becoming a victim of crime.

There will also be information of an additional scheme offering free cybersecurity checks by computer professionals to small and medium sized businesses.

Mr Lloyd said: “One in five crimes across Hertfordshire is committed against a business. This not only effects individuals such as owners and staff, but it can have a devastating impact on the financial viability of small and medium sized businesses.

“While many are experiencing tougher times due to the COVID-19 restrictions, any additional loss by fraud or cybercrime will exacerbate the tough times these companies are facing.

“Successful and viable firms are vital for the prosperity of the county, and I want to make sure that the simple and effective advice to protect themselves is easily and widely available.

“I trust that business owners will take this opportunity to invest ninety minutes of their time at this Breakfast Seminar to learn how to prevent their firms becoming victims of crime.”

There will also be an opportunity to network virtually on group discussions on the difficulties caused by COVID-19. Guests will be able to talk to other local business owners and representatives from Hertfordshire Police, the Chamber of Commerce, Growth Hub and Federation of Small Businesses.

Free tickets for the event can be obtained by visiting the Eventbrite page:

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner established IBAG so a range of businesses from sectors such as the rural community, retail, leisure, technology and professional services along with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) can discuss key issues around business crime.

They also work together to share best practise to reduce and prevent business crime across the county.