The Rise of Online Scams – NBC 6 South Florida

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From annoying phone calls to fake texts that look legit to every mouse click you make — the rise of online scams targeting your personal information has become big business for cybercriminals.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, highlighting threats you should be aware of and actions you can take to protect yourself from becoming a target online.

The Identity Theft Resource Center shows the spike in data breaches could reach a record high by the end of 2021 if the pace continues.

“Wherever there was an opportunity and a vulnerability, cybercriminals were prepared to seize on that opportunity in a sophisticated way,” said Matt DeSarno, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI office in Dallas.

Their Internet Crime Complaint Center, better known as IC3, is seeing a startling increase in cases.

In 2020, IC3 logged a record number of complaints from Americans reporting losses in excess of $4.1 billion and a 69% increase in total…

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