You may not mind if a legitimate robocall provides a helpful announcement from your child’s school or an appointment reminder from a doctor’s office. But sadly, criminals often use robocalls to collect consumers’ personal information and/or conduct various scams.
Imagine you get an enticing text message claiming that you’ve won a free vacation to the destination of your choice — all you have to do is click on the link you were sent. Clicking on the link causes you to play right into the hands of a cybercriminal seeking your sensitive information.
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In some ways, embezzlement can be perceived as similar to any addiction. Once a fraudster starts, they have a hard time stopping. Worse, with each repeated theft, the “good employee gone bad” gains confidence that they will never get caught. They think that they cannot be caught, or at minimum that they are “smarter than everyone else” – that is, until the experienced forensic CPA or Certified Fraud Examiner arrives!
Aside from disclosing sensitive personal information that allows the recipient to steal your identity, there’s a good chance that hitting the submit button on this fraudulent email would also infect your computer with a virus, or enable some other stealth software to latch onto your operating system. Don’t be fooled!
In 2014, breaches of Fortune 500 companies were mostly associated with the loss, exposure, or theft of personally identifiable information and intellectual property. The result? Cybercrime and compliance costs are climbing for companies both in the U.S. and overseas.