BBC1 has commissioned London-headquartered ITN Productions to create a daytime non-fiction series exploring cyber crime, Dirty Rotten Scammers.
ITN Productions in Leeds will produce the 15 x 45-minute series, which will be presented by Michelle Ackerly (The One Show). Along with her mother Mavis, the pair (pictured) explore the world of online fraud, hacking and other cybercrimes, speaking with victims of online crime as well as various experts and investigators.
With more people working from home due to the pandemic, the corresponding rise in internet use has put more people at risk than ever. Both Michelle and Mavis have been victimized by hackers themselves, and their goal will be to help others take steps to prevent themselves from being targeted.
“No one is immune from having their details stolen and used online. So many of us are now experiencing scam calls, texts, and emails on a daily basis and sometimes it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not. This series aims to empower viewers to protect themselves, and arm them with all the information they need,” said Caroline Short, executive producer at ITN, in a release.