It’s so easy for criminals to get your personal information.

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 It’s so easy for criminals to get your personal information.


You unwittingly give it to them!

We set up a “sting” a while back in the UK. The people in the footage are not actors and were only told beforehand that they would learn some vital personal safety from Pickpocket Lee Thompson. 

They were happy to take part, but what they didn’t know was: we had other plans…

Do you use public Wi-Fi hotspots? Please check out our video to see what might happen to your personal information.

A few Banks are now showing this in their new TV ads.

There are very clever gangs out there waiting like coiled springs to take advantage of YOU using social engineering.

What Is Social Engineering

Social engineering, in context to information security, is the psychological manipulation of people in order to perform actions or divulge private information.

It is a kind of confidence trick for the sole aim of gathering information, fraud, or system access. It is quite different from a traditional style of con – it is usually one of the mostly used methods in a more complex fraud scheme.

Normally, many social engineering methods are based on specific features of human decision-making called “cognitive biases.”

These biases are also called “bugs in the human hardware” and they are used in various combinations to create to attack strategies – you will learn some of these in this talk.

Those attacks used by social engineers can be utilised for stealing employees’ private crucial details.

The majority of this type of social engineering operations is carried out over the phone, using information gained from the internet or by tricking you into revealing information unwittingly.

Tips To Help You Recognise and Prevent Social Engineering Attacks

Online Tactics

To be safe with your information online, you must be aware of the methods used by social engineers for their attacks.  

 I know you know…..  but this is just (I hope?) a helpful reminder.

  • Whenever you receive an electronic mail with a link to an unknown site, you need to be cautious and try to stay away from the emotional drive of clicking on it immediately (even if it appears to have been sent from anyone from your contacts). 
  • Hover over the link to see that where it is taking you is where the text says it will.
  • Regular updating of Windows and MacOS/iOS. Home computer updates are essential. Although manually checking for patches for all of your applications, which includes Flash, Adobe and diverse internet browsers may be tedious, it will help you stay safe online. Remember to completely restart your computer to enable updates to take effect on power-up.
  • Do not fall for the “ACT NOW”  fake urgency requests. Social engineers and scammers will create a fake sense of urgency, in order for you to skip your rational thinking because you want the “problem” to just go away.

 Diversion theft

This also known as the “Corner Game” or “Round the Corner Game” which is rumoured to have originated in the East End, London.

The diversion theft is a con which is exercised by professional thieves – this is normally used against a transport or courier company.

The aim of this operation is to persuade the people who are responsible for a legitimate delivery that a consignment is needed elsewhere – that is, “round the corner”.

 Whale of an attack 

This is a variation of phishing assaults. Here, the social engineer targets executives and high-profile individuals. Information about executives and high-profile people can be easily accessible online, for example, a company may have some biographies of its executive officials on a corporate website.

This fact can be utilised by a social engineer to create a targeted spear phishing attack to the executive of the company.

Whether you are an executive or not:

  • Be cautious when using social media.
  • Social networking sites which include Myspace  (yep some people still use it)  Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook are a social engineer’s paradise.
  • A social engineer can find out a lot about you from those sites. People post facts which expose what they like to do, what bands they like, and all other useful information.
  • Ensure your privacy settings are as you want them – they default to everyone being able to see all of your information. Every photo, comment, school you went to, where you have been. Everything. It takes time to change your settings, but it is essential.

In conclusion, these are only a few of many strategies used by social engineers – please, please always be cautious.

Are your corporate clients looking for something edgy and engaging?

Lee Thompson is the world’s leading pick pocketing expert and a former Cirque du Soleil headliner who also teaches people how to stay safe and avoid property and identity theft.

Lee is available for all types of events and general enquiries are always welcome.

If you are interested in booking Lee as a personal safety speaker for your corporate event, or as a surprise dinner guest please get in touch.

For more information call lee on 07805 093623 or email directly at


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