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There are many different types of cyber crimes and the list continues to grow daily with new ways criminals are using technology. Here you will find a list of the most common types of crimes we are seeing that may affect you, and a few tips on how to avoid them.

Click on the headings of each to see detailed information.

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Impersonation/Identity Theft

Internet Fraud



Online Employment/Business Opportunities

Nigerian Letter or "419" Fraud


Anti-Virus Software

Software Patches

Strong passwords: How to create and use them

Hoaxes and Urban Legends

Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

Instant Messaging and Chat Room Safety

How to Protect Your Privacy

Digital Signatures

Protecting Portable Devices: Physical Security

Protecting Portable Devices: Data Security


Operating Systems

Note: Information on this page is courtesy of the FBI,I3C, US-Cert, and

    If you have been the victim of a cyber crime, click here to see what to do next or select a quick link below.  

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File a complaint with I3C


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