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Internet Fraud

Scam artists defraud millions of people each year by using internet services or software. These scams trick victims into sending money or giving out personal information. That’s why it’s important to protect yourself and to report internet fraud if you have been victimized.

Types of Internet Fraud

Understand how these  common types of internet fraud work.

  • Data breaches occur when sensitive data (personal or financial information) is leaked from a secure location. Afterwards, it can be used in an untrusted environment at a corporate or personal level.

  • Malware is dangerous software that is designed to disable computers and computer systems.

  • Phishing or spoofing uses fake emails, text messages, or copycat websites to steal your personal information. It may steal credit card and bank account numbers, debit card PINs, and account passwords.

  • Internet auction fraud involves the misrepresentation of products on an internet auction site. Or, it can occur

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