International Internet Scam Hotspots [Infographic]

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In light of LinkedIn’s recent password incident, netizens once again are jolted awake by how easily it is to lose sensitive data over the Internet. This incident is however out of a user’s control and technically the only way these LinkedIn users could have kept their information safe was to have a super-strong password. Elsewhere in the Internet hide the Ponzi schemers, Nigerian princes, service fraud and identity thieves getting ready to pounce on their next unsuspecting victim.

The stats in today’s infographic by BackgroundCheck is a source for worry. In 2009 alone, more than $600 million were lost to Internet scams such as auction, credit card and advance fee fraud, counterfeit cashier’s check, phishing attempts and pyramid schemes. And those were just the tip of the iceberg. Also included in the infographic is a geographical breakdown of where most scams originate from as well as prevention tips on how to prevent falling victim to an Internet crime.

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