Arizona Ranks High On Report For Online Scams

It’s important to protect your personal information, specifically when you’re online.

Recently, the FBI released an Internet Crime Complaint Center report of the cyber-attacks that affected individuals in the United States and its territories in 2018. Arizona made the top 20 in several categories. California topped the list for the number of victims per state with 49,031 people, and Arizona came in at No. 13 with 8,027 people.

Arizona placed at No. 16 in the victims’ total losses with $45,166,115 in losses. California, New York, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina had more than $100 million in losses last year.

“The number one type of cybercrime for 2018 in Arizona was personal data breaches,” assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Phoenix division Paul Brown said in an interview on Tuesday.

“The financial loss from business email compromise was number one.

Nonpayment/non delivery scams had the highest victim count at 65,116, and business email compromises/email account compromises had the largest losses at $1.29 million. Those age 60 or older were the most susceptible to internet crimes across.

“Individuals should be mindful of phishing attempts, the unsolicited emails asking for information,” Brown said. “For organizations, I think it’s important to stay apprise on the latest scams. That IC3 report is so good it kinda tells you what we’re seeing, what’s going on around the nation and also right here in Arizona.”

Make sure your workforce is aware of that and make sure your workforce is cautious about clicking on links and attachments from those unsolicited emails.”

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