Crimes committed over the internet have increased dramatically in recent years with many being difficult to track when they happen. They have affected large groups of people and businesses with unspeakable intentions. It is unfortunate that people have nothing else to do but to steal, lie, or falsify information in order to get what they want, especially when it was not theirs to begin with. Yet, many people still do not realize the significance of cybercrimes, how often they are committed, and consequences behind them.
Millions of people who have an email address may be familiar with email schemes that claim you won money or you have inherited a fortune from a deceased relative. These emails may seem good for laughs when people know they are a scam, but in reality there are people behind them committing serious crimes that land them in prison. There are credit card companies and retail giants experiencing similar crimes except skilled individuals have been able to hack computer systems of such companies to obtain personal information including social security numbers and bank account details.
There are crimes planned online but executed offline. This may include connecting with other members of the party set to commit the crime. They may have funds hidden in offshore accounts to help them commit crimes on land. People who commit such crimes range in different ages including young and older adults. Sometimes a crime committed online was just an experiment that went wrong, but it seemed obvious they knew what they were doing and their intentions. Crimes committed online have put millions of unsuspecting consumers at risk of losing personal and valuable information and assets.
Many crimes committed online are not learned about immediately. Some have been in progress for days or weeks before learning the crime even occurred. There are skilled technical experts that know how to work their way online without getting caught. But, when consumers start noticing account activity that is not their own, this is a red flag that could mean it is too late to catch the perpetrator. Cybercrimes have been committed in small groups but a large number tend to be carried out by one or two individuals. Punishment can be severe for those that engage in crimes committed online, but many that do will not think they will get caught. Consumers can help reduce the risk when they know how to protect their personal information when online.