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Police advise GPs to take steps against telephone fraud

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4537 (Published 11 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4537
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

General practices in the United Kingdom have been warned to take precautionary steps against potential telephone fraud, after a spate of cyber attacks on small businesses.

Fraud experts have reported an upsurge in reports of criminals hacking into telephone systems and then making calls to affiliated premium rate or foreign numbers, resulting in losses of tens of thousands of pounds for the victims. The experts warned that medical centres were increasingly vulnerable to attacks: four surgeries had been targeted over the past three months, compared with just two in the previous seven months.

In a document detailing the crimes, City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau—which is responsible for examining all cyber crime reported to the …

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