Sheriff Mike Moore is pleased to announce a partnership between the Boone County Sheriff’s Office and the National White Collar Crime Center intended to help victims of internet fraud and identity theft. Every DAY over one million people fall victim to some type of cybercrime. Internet scams, identity theft and fraudulent computer transactions are the fastest growing type of crimes in the United States and worldwide. As we rely more and more on computers, smart phones and internet shopping we must be more and more cautious about what information we share and how we share it over the World Wide Web.
Sheriff Moore cautions anyone using the internet to be on guard against fraud and scams. If an opportunity, offer or item for sale looks too good to be true it probably is. If you receive any electronic communication claiming to be from your bank or credit card company be suspicious. Your bank will generally only send you information or communication through the internet if you have requested it. Check with your financial institution to be familiar with their policies and practices about internet communication if you have any questions. Always be wary of any type of communication from a source you do not recognize. Avoid using public internet connections (free Wi-Fi) to communicate personal information.
If you do fall victim to internet crime the most likely source of help comes from the National White Collar Crime Center. They sponsor a website which can be a wealth of information to consumers. Go to https://www.victimvoice.org/ for tips on prevention, to file a complaint or to get more educated about cybercrimes. Be a smart internet consumer. Sheriff Moore says “If in doubt, check it out.”