UK Supports Get Safe Online Initiative for Residents of Antigua and Barbuda

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Remittances have always played an important role in the lives of Caribbean natives. This has become even more important recently during the global pandemic.

While there are many respectable and legitimate services that facilitate the transfer of funds, fraudsters have still managed to find ways to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals online.

Get Safe Online is a UK not-for-profit organisation committed to providing practical tips and guidelines for individuals, communities, and businesses to protect themselves and practice online safety.

They held a webinar on Friday 26th March at 5:00 pm entitled “Risk-Free Remittances: A Guide to Sending Money Home Safely via Transfers and Remittance Agencies”. Attendees from across the region, including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados participated.

Resident British Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Lindsy Thompson, opened the webinar, remarking “going online has been the default way to connect with others for many years; COVID has only increased that.

“Many of us will have sent or received financial and other support via the internet to or from loved ones around the world. So now more than ever we need to ensure that we avoid the pitfalls of scams and other online traps such as phishing.

“I’m delighted this training session the UK is able to support Antiguans and Barbudans staying safe online.”

Antigua and Barbuda’s Get Safe Online Ambassador, Indira Philip Shaw, is currently a police officer attached to the Regional Cyber Investigation Laboratory as a Digital Examiner was one of the panellists that helped attendees understand safe and secure practices.

To follow the event and get more tips sign on to social media pages @getsafeonlinecaribbean.

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