Recent Cyber Scams In Riverside County

Staff Reports Riverside County – According to information submitted to the Internet Crime Complaints Center (IC3), there have been recent cyber crime trends and new twists to previously-existing cyber scams. A payment management company recently reported to the top fraud attacks most impactful to eCommerce. These attacks were identified by frequency of attack and revenue loss. In ranked order, the top nine fraud attacks identified were: 9) Triangulation Schemes 8) Phishing/Pharming/Whaling 7) Botnets 6) Re-shipping 5) Affiliate Fraud 4) Identity Theft 3) Friendly Fraud 2) Account Takeover 1) Clean Fraud. Also, several legitimate direct sales companies have seen a large surge in fake orders being places with their consultants. The consultants are contacted through the legitimate “find a consultant” link located on the various sales Websites. In each instance, the suspects are placing large orders and agreeing to pay by check. The consultant receives the check for a much larger amount than the total cost for the products. The consultants are instructed to cash the check and send the difference back to the buyer via wire transfer. The IC3 has received several complaints filed by consultants from companies affected by this scam. For more information regarding online scams, visit the IC3 Press Room page for the most current Public Service Announcements.

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