Avoiding Internet ScamsIdentity Theft . Law Enforcement . News
The Federal Trade Commission launched site to fight cybercrime. Responding to the rising cybercrime threat, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday, January 10, unveiled an online tool designed to help consumers avoid becoming victims of Internet scams. At the Website, consumers can take interactive quizzes designed to enlighten them about ID theft, phishing, spam and online-shopping scams. If the user selects a wrong answer, the program explains why that particular misconception about Internet security can lead to trouble. Elsewhere on the site, consumers can find detailed guidance on how to monitor their credit histories, use effective passwords and recover from identity theft. “We’re trying to make the information as accessible as possible, with tips so people can take action,” said Nat Wood, the FTC’s assistant director for consumer and business education. The education push comes as the tide of cybercrime continues to rise. Five federal agencies and 13 private organizations partnered to sponsor the OnGuard
Online Website. Information on the site is not copyrighted, and the FTC encourages companies and other organizations to download and widely disseminate the information. Website: http://www.onguardonline.gov
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