The following are some of the most common scams and crimes that the CYBERPOL encounters, as well as tips to help prevent you from being victimized. Visit the Criminal Investigation Bureau’s White-Collar Crime and Cyber Crime webpages for information on more fraud schemes.
Advance Fee Schemes Online
An advance fee scheme online occurs when the a victim pays any money to someone online in anticipation of receiving something of greater value – such as a online loan application or investment and then receives little or nothing in return.
Business Email Compromise
Business email compromise (BEC) is one of the most financially damaging online cyber crimes today. It exploits the victims by knowing the fact that so many of us rely on email to conduct business online today – both personal and in professional capacity.
Online Business Fraud
Online Business fraud consists of activities undertaken by an individual or company using internet in a dishonest or illegal manner designed to be advantageous to the perpetrating person or establishment.
Charity and Disaster Fraud Online
Online charity and disaster fraud schemes seek donations for organizations online that do little or no work. These online scams can happens all the time and they are especially noticed after high-profile disasters in the news.
Online sales of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs
Online sales of counterfeit prescription drugs are a growing concern and often the illegal fake medicines could be hazardous to your health.
Online Credit Card Fraud
Online Credit Card fraud is the unauthorized use of a credit or debit card, or card number, to fraudulently obtain money or property buy online activities in the buy and /or sale of goods.
Elder Online Fraud
Each year millions of elderly using the internet falls victim to some type of online financial fraud romance, lottery, and sweepstakes scams that could have devastating results leaving victims homeless in some cases!
Online Identity Theft
Online Identity theft occurs when someone assumes your identity online to perform a fraud or other criminal act.
Internet Auction Fraud
Internet Auction Fraud is one of the biggest problems today.
Online internet fraud is the use of Internet services or software with Internet access to defraud victims or to otherwise take advantage of them.
Online Vehicle Sale Fraud
CYBERPOL warns consumers that criminal perpetrators may post fraudulent online classified advertisements offering vehicles for sale that are not, nor have ever been, in their possession. These cases are on a sharp rise!
Ponzi Schemes Online
“Online Ponzi” schemes promise high financial returns or dividends not available through traditional investments such a crypto investments currently the No 1 Ponzi scheme online. Instead of investing the funds of victims he con artist pays “dividends” to initial investors using the funds of subsequent investors. Bitcoin has been listed as a International Ponzi Scheme by CYBERPOL During 2015 #bitcoin
Ransomware is a malicious software or malware that prevents you from accessing your computer files, systems, or networks with a demand that you pay a ransom for the use of your computer in return.
Online Romance Scams
Online romance scams often occur when a subject adopts a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust. online. The criminal then uses the illusion of a close romantic relationship to gain from the victim.
Online Sextortion is a cyber crime that involves adults coercing both adults and kids and teens into sending explicit images online and or hacking the victims computer to obtain materials unlawfully . This is one of the fastest growing online cyber threats today.