- The FTC received 4.8 million identity theft and fraud related reports in 2020, a 45% increase from 2019!
- The 2020 Consumer Sentinel Network report identified that the top five states for identity theft ranked by the number of reports per population were Kansas, Rhode Island, Illinois, Nevada, and Washington.
- The Consumer Sentinel Network report also noted that when it comes to fraud and other complaints, the top five states were Nevada, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, and Georgia.
Have you ever been scammed? Are you tired of being tagged in random social media post involving designer products? Well during week three of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we will take a look at 3 things you can do to avoid being scammed, and how you can keep your personal information safe online.
The following video is provided by Consumer Reports!
In the U.S alone, losses from identity theft cases reached over $710 billion in 2020. Sadly, losses are forecasted to increase yet again in 2021. In fact, GIACT believes that the 2021 figure will be close to, if not in excess of, $721 billion. We hope that the guidance provided by O’Mard Consulting Services, LLC, and other industry partners like Consumer Reports and the National Cybersecurity Alliance can curtail that figure.
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