MODERN DAY WHITE COLLAR CRIMES : CYBER CRIMES
Welcome to the world of cyber criminals! Where cyber predators lurk behind the masks of their desktops and laptops conjuring up new “authentic” schemes. Where guns are replaced by keyboards and mouse. Where swindling electronic money out of unwary internet users is as easy as cloning an e-store or sending chain emails. Where the criminals simply portal away into cyberspace without ever being caught. And if they do get caught, a couple of slaps on the wrist will suffice, maybe a fine or probation, but almost no jail time. Who needs to wear masks and rob banks any more? This is the age of super cyber criminal. Unsuspecting users — beware.
Bank robbers may be going bankrupt anytime soon; their crimes average to $7,643 per bank totalling $43 million for one year in the US. Their counterparts on the Internet however ran off with $1.1 billion dollars in just one year alone according to the FBI. As for getting caught, one cyber criminal is jailed for every 50,635 victims. Consider that only 15% of internet crimes are actually reported to the FBI.
Since the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) opened in 2000, the amount of cyber crimes losses totaled $800,492,073 in over 14 years.
Here is a list of a few schemes out there in cyberspace:
- Confidence or Romance Scams – Professional fraudsters peruse dating websites, chat rooms and social media for personally identifiable information, and use well-rehearsed scripts to attract potential victims. They may pose as job recruiters or a person with severe family tragedies to get money from their victims.
- Auto Fraud – A scammer will post a fake car for sale usually below the market value. They tell the buyer they have to get rid of the care because they are moving out of state. The buyer is directed to wire the money to a “third-party agent.”
- Real Estate Scams – Scammers find legitimate ads for residential rentals and sales and then repost them. They tell unassuming victims to wire some deposit funds and provide personal information to them.
- Cryptocurrency Schemes – Virtual pick pocketing. Hackers enter victims’ virtual wallets, and then blackmail them for the return of their money.
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