For those of us who use the Web responsibly, knowing that the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), (the collaborative effort of three organizations – the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance) – is working behind the scenes to make the Web safer…helps you sleep a little easier at night.
Reporting online scams and other cybercrime is something we can all do to help make the Web safer. Cybercrime can take place at any time and start from anywhere in the world. The same digital resource that brings the world closer, is also the playground where cybercriminals play hard. Knowing this can be a little disturbing. It’s hard to digest, but it’s absolutely true.
We share the responsibility of keeping our personal data and every place we access the Web – via smartphones, apps, social networks and websites, at homes, work, schools, and other public/private organization – safer for everyone. Together, with a unified online safety message, we create safer Web experiences supported by current online safety tips.
The Web and how you use the Web continues to change and so does the types of people who build a presence online. Many people don’t realize the connection between cybercrime and reputation management but a clear relationship exists and deserves your attention.
The time most professionals and organizations take to develop an online presence can either be done with the intention to mislead or cause harm or as an extension of your offline reputation and reflect one’s true character. The truth is, some professionals and organizations use the Web to build or extend their offline reputation and others use the Web to distort (in their favor) their online reputation even going so far as to build an online reputation from scratch.
We must remember that even though a social network, app or digital platform is created for positive purposes, they can be used can be used to prey on people and organizations. It’s a good idea to keep your eyes and ears open for things that might threaten your reputation or compromise your safety online. It’s an even better idea to keep an eye out for anything that harms anyone online. How you use the Web or abuse the Web has a ripple effect on others online. No man is an island. We achieve much more when we share information and collaborate with each other.
- Auction Fraud
- Auction Fraud — Romania
- Counterfeit Cashier’s Check
- Credit Card Fraud
- Debt Elimination
- Parcel Courier Email Scheme
- Employment/Business Opportunities
- Escrow Services Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Internet Extortion
- Investment Fraud
- Nigerian Letter or “419”
- Third Party Receiver of Funds
Since you can expect the way you connect and use the Web to continually change, you can decide to be a responsible digital citizen and pay close attention to anything that seems too good to be true. Report anything that just doesn’t seem right. In the end, you’ll become a more empowered, cautious and safety conscious Web user and make the web safer along the way.
Have you noticed or reported any possible online scams?