Mobile fraud teaching resource is launched


With almost half of 16 to 18-year-olds now using online banking, the first specialised teaching resource focused on mobile phone crime and online security has been published.

Out of Your Hands has been created by the Telecommunications UK Fraud Forum and Financial Fraud Action UK.

Research from the British Bankers Association found that 64 per cent of children have their first bank account by the time they start secondary school.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Payments Survey 2012 shows that 44 per cent of students aged 16 to 18 use internet banking, while 78 per cent have a card they can use at a cash point.

Furthermore, while 14 to 24-year-olds make up 17 per cent of mobile phone owners, crime statistics show that this group experience 37 per cent of mobile phone thefts.

It is feared that better security has now driven criminals back to low-tech crimes of deception, where consumers are distracted or duped into parting with their cards, PINs and other personal information.

The Out of Your Hands resources are for both primary and secondary school pupils and aim to “bring to life the distinction between risky and protective behaviour”.

The resources include materials for PSHE, ICT, maths, business studies, English and drama, featuring example scenarios of typical fraud scams and guidance on how to stay safe when making online transactions, as well as helping young people consider the risks of sharing their personal information with others. 

The campaign website also includes real-life mobile phone crime and fraud case studies and short films which raise awareness of mobile phone theft and scams such as “vishing”, “money muling”, and courier fraud.

The Out of Your Hands website offers free national curriculum resources and worksheets, real-life victim and perpetrator case studies and short films, and key features of what to look for in common scams. Visit


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