Whatever your political affiliation or feelings about this election, one of the things that we can all agree on is that cyber crimes are nothing to ignore. Every day, there is new news about hacked emails, server security, and other issues involving cybercrimes. And it's not just a problem that government officials face.
According to some reports, there are as much as 1.5 million cyber attacks that occur each year, which means that there are over 4000 cyberattacks inflicted on people every day. In many cases, people's information will be stolen through large-scale data breaches targeting companies. In other cases, the target might be the individual him or herself.
You have probably seen the tactics hackers use to steal people's identities. Phishing is a common one. If you have ever seen an email that looked a little fishy and asked you to provide private information or click on a link, the chances are this could be a phishing tactic. Sometimes hackers try to impersonate a bank or credit card company and try to get your information by asking you to confirm your records. Malware is another common tactic. This is an umbrella term that can refer to anything from trojan horses to ransomware and spyware. None of it is good news, and it can allow hackers to get your information or force you to pay them in order to unlock your computer.
But there are also other tactics that might not be as well known. Did you know that $81 million dollars is stolen each year from residents of the United States by romance scammers? Online dating has become very popular, but this has been a source of cyber crimes too. Romance hackers reach out to online daters and start to connect with them. After they have gained their trust, they start asking for money with no intention of ever paying it back. Real estate scammers and auto scammers steal millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims as well.
What Can You Do If You Become the Victim of a Cyber Crime?
We understand that it can be scary to lose your personal information to an unknown hacker. Obviously, you'll want to report the case to the FTC, SSA, any financial institutions, a major credit bureau, and your local police. However, many cyber crime cases do go unsolved because many hackers are overseas and investigators simply are too taxed. Going the private route may make a lot of sense for those who want to get to the bottom of the case.
Our private detectives in NJ are highly skilled in cyber crime cases, and they will work with you to find out who is behind the attack and provide the evidence you need to ensure justice is served. Contact us today to learn more about our cyber crime investigative services!