The CNA reported that “Cybercrime jumps more than 50% in 2019, new threats emerge from ,COVID-19 pandemic” (Full article here: ,link). There were 9,430 cybercrime cases reported last year, up 51.7 percent from the 6,215 cases reported in 2018, according to the key findings from the Singapore Cyber Landscape 2019 report. The common types of cybercrime were e-commerce scams, phishing, and malware attacks.
The rate of cybercrimes not just in Singapore, but also around the world is causing many to be ,alarmed. In this article, we’ll take a look at how Asia Top Investigation can help you to protect your digital identity and also what to do if you suspect that you’re a victim of a cybercrime.
CNA Video: ,How To Stop Cyber Crime
To prevent yourself from potentially being compromised online, especially when more of our data and most of our activities are online these days, it’s important to remember that scammers will:
– try to gain trust by claiming to be from a well-known business or impersonating a known contact
– will suggest their own verification procedures, like going to websites they have created or calling numbers they provide to you
– know how to appeal to your emotions and press your buttons to get what they want
– create a sense of urgency to get you to make decisions without thinking.
Now if you suspect that you or someone you know is a victim of a cyber scammer, you may wish to read further on. Here’s what you should do:
- Verify: Try to ask any governing authority or the person to identify him/herself, or the organization that he/she is representing. Do not simply take their word for it, but you should also cross-check with the official hotline with that authority.
- Ask, Not Tell: Many times, scammers will try to impersonate you by tricking you into giving them your personal information so that they are able to access your online accounts with those private answers. Instead of giving them your information, ask if they have it.
- Conduct A Private Investigation: If this is a long-term scam or you’re unsure how to check, you may wish to engage in a private investigation for cyber crimes investigation. Here’s how it works:
A cybercrime investigator is primarily concerned with gathering evidence from digital systems that can be used in the prosecution of internet-based, or cyberspace, criminal activity. In today’s world, many crimes include the use of the internet. A cybercrime investigator can be used to gather crucial evidence to help solve these crimes. The key, however, is to gather key evidence from the criminal by conducting a digital identity check such as a background, IP Address, profile authentication, amongst other services.
If you’d like to learn more on ,private investigation-related knowledge, feel free to check out our other articles ,here. If you’re interested, we’ve also written an article on how to hire a PI agency in Singapore ,here.
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