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Understand Common Crimes and Risks Online
- Business email compromise (BEC) scams exploit the fact that so many of us rely on email to conduct business—both personal and professional Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information, like your Social Security number, and uses it to commit theft or fraud
- Ransomware is a type of malicious software, of malware, that prevents you from accessing your computer files, systems, or networks and demands you pay a ransom for their return.
- Spoofing and phishing are schemes aimed at tricking you into providing sensitive information to scammers.
- Online predators are a growing threat to young people.
Top 10 Internet Safety Tips
- Use reputable antivirus software and set it to update daily.
- Ensure your system’s personal firewall is active.
- Use complex passwords.
- Install updated patches to your operating system
- Think carefully about what information you offer on your Social Networking sites
- Take precautions when trusting public WiFi
- Think before downloading files and clicking emailed links, especially from a bank. Instead, type the link manually into your browser.
- Beware the pop-up Antivirus alert. Be sure it’s from the company you use.
- Never send personal information (Social Security, Credit Card Information, etc.) in an email. This sensitive information needs to be encrypted.
- Report suspicious emails or activity at work to your IT department.
Crime Type by Victim Count
- Identity theft: 9,054
- Personal data breach: 1,151
- Extortion: 697
- Credit card fraud: 519
- Tech support: 470
Crime Type by Victim Loss
- Investment: $24,079,243
- Confidence fraud/romance: $15,095,654
- BEC/EAC: $12,837,303
- Tech support: $7,742,542
- Identity theft: $7,258,475
Victims by Age Group
- Under 20 303
- 20-29 1,549
- 30-39 3,282
- 40-49 3,464
- 50-59 3,560
- Over 60 3,385