Don't be a victim - the young person's guide to financial crime

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: the price paid on the course page includes UK VAT where applicable.

Course page:

Course language: English


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

Always refer to the Course Page for latest syllabus.

Level: Awareness


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Course curriculum

    1     Caveat and Legal


    About this course


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.


    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.


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"

    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.


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Press release

London, UK
13/03/2020 - 05:20

London, UK. 14 March 2020.

County Lines, money mules, identity fraud, sextortion, revenge porn, coronavirus scams

These are just a handful of the subjects in this brand new, pocket money, online training course for those aged between 12 and 24, produced by the leading financial crime risk and compliance training company, Vortex Centrum Limited who have been delivering high quality information services training to financial institutions and government departments all over the world since 1999.

The range of attacks that young people face, all over the world, both on and off-line is enormous.

Everything from becoming drugs couriers to dealers; from involvement in the sex industry to being victimised by an ex, from falling for a scheme that leaves them out of pocket and/or facing criminal charges there are seemingly endless ways that bad people find to turn young people into criminals or victims of crime.

Vortex Centrum Limited, led by Nigel Morris-Cotterill, a highly regarded financial crime risk and compliance expert, has produced a course specifically targeted at that market.

The course is in English and applies to young people all over the world.

Amongst other topics, it covers

- how young people are recruited by gangs, cults and terrorists

- how young people find themselves the victims of sextortion scams or revenge porn

- how young people become the victims of people trafficking and child abuse

- how developing news stories provide the background to evolving threats

- how seemingly authoritative websites peddle information that kills people - and their targets are often vulnerable young people

- how identity fraudsters create false identities - and what happens when they clone those of young people

- how young people starting out in life, in relationships, in work are targeted by criminals and others in ways that can have devastating long-term consequences

- many more.

The course takes about two hours to complete and learners have unrestricted access, including to new content, for six months.

It costs just GBP7.50 per learner.

It is recommended that younger users read it with an older brother or sister, parent or teacher and discuss it with that person. The content is written in clear English and any technical terms are explained so age is not a barrier. The courses are not written in juvenile English, nor in an attempt to try to make the reader feel that the writer is in some way part of their group or culture. There's no teen-speak because that it truly patronising. So there's no "yuuuuuuuu guuuuuuuuuuuuuys" or emoticons.

Information is set in context, with plenty of stories. And each page ends with a "Lesson to Learn" which reinforces what's been learned on that page and draws attention to learning that relates to other pages, too.

Bulk enrolments are available for schools, colleges, even employers to help their staff help their own children. Banks, for example, might give every child of every employee an enrolment. Or even to provide enrolments to all the children in a particular district or school, for example. Co-branding is possible.

NGOs and social services departments might wish to provide enrolments for at-risk young people.

Vortex Centrum Limited is happy to discuss licensing deals and deals for translating into other languages and subsequent distribution.
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