About this course

Did you know that around the world thousands of young people are turned into criminals because they didn't know that when someone asks them to do something, that person may be persuading them to commit a crime?

The activities are given odd-ball names to try to make them memorable. 

In this course, you will learn tricks used by criminals to get you to do the things that they cannot - or dare not - do and which can land you in jail or liable to a large fine, at home or abroad. 

And while it's impossible to guarantee that you can be prepared for all possibilities, this course aims to give you sufficient information that you will aware of the risks and to ask the necessary questions or, better still, walk away before it's too late.

What we will show you is that the longer you look at something, the more you will see in it. Just look at our freaky potato (it's real, it was in our boss' kitchen!)

And we do much more - not only is there the issue of being turned into a criminal - there's also the risks of being a simple victim and having your bank account emptied - or worse as some examples show.

So from the origins of dating sites (well over 100 years ago) to catfish (do you know that they use the same science as an F1 driver to help them creep up on victims?) to the multitude of threats arising from criminals taking advantage of the corona-virus, you'll find out that protecting yourself is far more than just saying "no." And a lot more interesting.

This course is non-jurisdictional (i.e. does not refer to the laws of any particular country)

Cost of course: GBP7.50 including UK VAT where applicable.

To purchase this course, click on the button in the header.

Course language: English

Pre-requisites: 

1. Site registration

2. Quick To Learn More - About and Manual 

Pre-existing subject knowledge required: none

Time required: about 1 hour 30 minutes

Subscription expires: 186 days


Age limit: 12 plus

Target age: 12 - 24

Payment method: credit or debit card

Payment Gateway: Stripe

Level: Awareness


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Caveat and Legal

    • Reminder

    • About this course

    • Pre-requisite

  • 2

    A very brief Introduction to financial crime

    • What is financial crime?

    • Why does the law treat the victim as a criminal?

    • What are the most common financial crimes?

  • 3

    How criminals turn you into a victim

    • The Phisherman's Tale

    • The amazingly simple trick that's older than you and still works thousands of times every day.

    • Spear phishing

    • Catfish: a fresh-water, bottom-feeding fish that gobbles up anything it can.

    • Spammers' tricks

    • The Tech Connection: the Dirty (nearly two) Dozen ways that criminals can find you.

    • Grooming

    • Sport, entertainment, religion, social media

    • Threats or bribery

  • 4

    Case studies: how other people have been tricked into being a victim of crime - or into becoming a criminal.

    • Don't go there....

    • It's just a small package....

    • Of pyramids and Ponzis.

    • Got a computer? Here's your meat.

    • Pssst. Wanna job?

    • Money mules. Definately not a cuddly toy.

    • "I like your smile"

    • Two sides to every love story

    • Cashed out cash cards, "the gram" and "snap"

    • You might think your secret's safe but...

    • County Lines

    • Oh, I love him. It must be good, then, right?

    • Business E-mail Compromise (BEC fraud) / Man in the Middle Attacks

    • The page you are going to wish you hadn't read and I wish I hadn't written but it's important.

    • Fake computer support

    • Trust me, I'm an avatar or how coronavirus will help criminals drain your bank account

  • 5

    When a "Facebook friend" is a terrorist.

    • The use of the internet for recruitment of terrorists

  • 6

    Cases when people like you have been tricked into revealing important information

    • Corona Virus CoVid-19 2020 and more - cancelled services and other excuses to get your personal information

    • And this just in

    • Home loans and other lending.

  • 7

    Cases where people like you have been tricked into paying money

    • Coronavirus CoVid-19 extortion

    • Coronavirus CoVid-19 and more: fake charities, fundraising, etc.

    • Crowdfunding

  • 8

    Cases where people like you have been tricked into buying fake, fraudulent or non-existent things

    • Coronavirus CoVid-19 protection frauds, etc (2020)

  • 9

    Cases where people like you have been tricked into downloading malware - and being used as a malware distributor.

    • Coronavirus CoVid-19 - rapidly evolving cyber threats (2020)

  • 10

    Other risks

    • It's not "identity theft" - it's "identity cloning"

    • Welcome to the club you can never leave.

    • The internet might say it's safe but it probably isn't.

  • 11

    The Golden Rules to protect yourself

    • 1. Don't take our word for it!

    • 2. Constantly be aware.

    • 3. If you are in trouble or are feeling a lonely, be careful who you get help from

    • Thank you.