Cybercrime refers to any criminal activity conducted over the Internet - Cyber criminals use sophisticated methods to illegally obtain your personal or business' confidential information, such as financial documents. Cybercrime falls into two main categories: phishing attacks and computer viruses.
Phishing attacks generally include authentic looking emails that are sent from seemingly legitimate businesses that direct users to fraudulent websites and instruct them to log in, thereby capturing their usernames and passwords in order to gain access to their accounts. Computer viruses are software programs that corrupt your computer data and are activated by opening unfamiliar attachments or links in your email (often from senders in your address book).
Preventing online fraud starts with you. Learning to spot and avoid online scams is your best defense against cybercrime.
Protect Yourself From Phishing Attacks
Protect Yourself From Computer Viruses
Finally, familiarize yourself with the common red flags associated with phishing attacks and computer viruses. These include urgent requests for money (often for package delivery), links to misspelled websites (for example, storedotcom.com) and certificate errors or lack of SSL for websites.