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The common types of computer fraud

Computer fraud is a common crime all across the country these days. These crimes only continue to get worse as technology advances. Victims of computer fraud can be of any age, but many victims are senior citizens who fall for scams sent via email. Today, we will discuss the most common types of computer fraud in this post so you can be on the lookout at all times.

Phishing is one of the most common crimes committed using computers these days. Phishing occurs when digital communication is sent to potential victims. The digital communication, often in the form of an email, is masked to look like a legitimate sender (a relative or friend or company). The email requests money or personal information to resolve a problem.

Malware is another common type of computer fraud. Malware is the use of malicious software to break into another person's computer to obtain their personal information. Malware also includes ransomware, which can encrypt data on infected computers and send information to those who created the virus.

Deals that seem too good to be true online usually are. Advertising deals for products, services or other items that are false can land you in jail. False advertising online that nets you a profit can wind up costing you thousands of dollars in fines and restitution.

Now that you know what computer fraud is, you can make a serious effort to avoid committing any of these crimes. This might be easier said than done, but being convicted of computer fraud can land you in jail for quite some time.

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