Individual Incidents

Financial/Purchase Scams

Financial/purchase scams are common and come in many forms. In these types of scams, you lose money when paying for something you never get, invest in a fake company or program, are promised help with debt that doesn’t come, send money in advance with a promise for a big payout.

Hacked Account/Device

Attacks on computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. and on user accounts occurs every 39 seconds on average, affecting one in three Americans every year. If you have noticed any unfamiliar activity on your computer, smartphone, tablet, email or social media accounts, someone may have gained access and be using your device or account without your permission.

Identity Theft

Your personal information, credit history, medical identification, insurance or other identifying characteristics was used to make purchases, borrow money, open lines of credit, create bank accounts, open a business, or obtain medical / dental / prescription services without your permission.

Cyberbullying / Harassment / Stalking

Although bullying, harassment, and stalking remain highly invasive, destructive, and devastating in-person crimes, the bullies can reach you online too, with email, phones, text messages, instant messaging, social media and defamatory websites. It’s easy for bullies to hide behind a computer or device to help them attack and harass someone. Because the bully can hide better on the internet, the seriousness and consequences of cyber harassment can be as severe as, if not more severe than, when you are face-to-face.

If you or someone you know is currently in danger from cyberbullying, harassment, or stalking, call 911 your local law enforcement officials. DON’T WAIT!

Threats of violence, child pornography, unauthorized sexually explicit messages or photos, or
photos/videos taken in private places should always be reported immediately to your local law
enforcement authority.

Imposter Scams

You have been deceived online in a fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt to obtain money or something else of value. Scams are often confidence tricks, where an individual would misrepresent themselves as someone with skill or authority, i.e. Government, Law Enforcement etc.