Internet dating crime statistics

Think cyber crime is something only found in fiction?

With 1.5 million annual cyber attacks, online crime is a real threat to anyone on the Internet.

That number means there are over 4,000 cyber attacks every day, 170 attacks every hour, or nearly three attacks every minute.

In 2014, 47% of American adults had their personal information stolen by hackers — primarily through data breaches at large companies.

In 2013, 43% of companies had a data breach in which hackers got into their systems to steal information.

He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.

For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.

The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.

In addition to losing your money to someone who had no intention of ever visiting you, you may also have unknowingly taken part in a money laundering scheme by cashing phony checks and sending the money overseas and by shipping stolen merchandise (the forwarded package).

As the digital frontier continues to evolve, it's hard to say what's next for cyber crime — but as more people jump on the Internet, the threats faced are only likely to grow.

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