Cybercrime and Online Fraud Can Happen to Anyone

Simple Rules to Stay Safe

If an offer or opportunity seems too good to be true, it's probably a scam.

Never wire money, send gift cards, or send a check to a stranger.

If someone claims to be from a federal agency, call the office to confirm.

Never accept money from a stranger promising you can keep some of it.

If you suspect you've been hacked, change your passwords immediately.

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What is Cybercrime and Online Fraud?

Cybercrime and online fraud is any illegal activity involving the internet, such as websites, chat rooms, email, and social media accounts. These crimes involve the use of the internet to communicate false or fraudulent representations to individuals and businesses. These crimes may include, but are not limited to advance-fee schemes, non-delivery of goods or services, or computer hacking or employment / business opportunity schemes.

A cybercrime can cause great financial and emotional harm to anyone. Small businesses, senior citizens, military members, and young adults, along with their families, can be particularly vulnerable to a cybercrime. Fraudsupport.org has resources for anyone in the United States impacted by cybercrime.

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