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Internet Crime Complaints Have Tripled Since Coronavirus

Internet Crime Complaints Have Tripled Since Coronavirus

COVID-19 has driven people indoors, replacing much of what we used to do in person with the Internet. Attending school, working, socializing—even more of this is done online than before the coronavirus. Simultaneously, people are more starved than ever for information, which has led to increased scams and misinformation, as well as other forms of cybercrime.

The FBI has reported that their daily number of cybercrime complaints has increased from one thousand to four thousand, an increase of 300%. Some of these have been phishing scams and other schemes targeting consumers, while others have been hacking attempts against the World Health Organization and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Additionally, Research & Markets published a report on how people have faced increased attempts of Internet crime and online fraud. The R&M report highlights how businesses that have had to move entirely online are unprepared for the volume of hackers probing companies for vulnerabilities. Now that nearly all confidential data is traveling online—even in situations where they would only travel within the four walls of a business—experts anticipate an increase in the number of Internet crimes.

What That Means for People Accused of Crimes

As state and federal law enforcement prepare for an increased rate of Internet crimes, there will likely be more resources devoted to investigation and prosecution. Where there is a crackdown on certain types of crime, there will be a higher likelihood of people being wrongfully accused or convicted. It will be more important than ever to hire a proven Internet crimes attorney to defend you from charges.

At Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, our Oakland Internet crimes lawyer has protected countless clients from harsh jail sentences, large fines, and more. Our firm has the resources to fight for reduced charges, complete case dismissal, or acquittal by jury. To learn how we can help you, call (510) 907-6600 as soon as possible. 

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