The Top 30 Cybercrimes in the USA

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, July 5, 2017

The top 30 Cyber Crimes in Reverse Order are:

30. Denial of Service Attacks – A cyber-attack that makes a computer or server unavailable by disrupting its connection to the internet.

29. Online Gambling – Online or internet gambling.

28. Malware Attacks – Malicious software intended to damage or disable computer systems, sometimes accompanied by demands to solicit payoffs.

27. Civil Matters / Litigation Scams – Threats of civil litigation.

26. Viruses – Computer code that can copy itself, corrupting a computer and destroying data.

25. Charity Solicitation Scams – Often employed in the wake of natural disasters, the use of fake charities to obtain money from those believing they are donating to legitimate organizations to help victims.

24. Health Care Scams – Schemes that can range from offers for health insurance assistance, medications, supplements, weight loss products or the theft of health insurance information.

23. Lottery or Sweepstakes Scams – Victims are contacted about winning a lottery or sweepstakes they never entered.

22. Impersonating Government Agencies – Got an email from the IRS? Most likely it’s a scam by someone trying to collect money from unwary marks.

21. Tech Support Scams – Calls from the tech services department, purportedly from well-known companies, seeking to gain remote access to a computer to clean up viruses or malware are a ploy to obtain personal information, credit card numbers and passwords.

20. Re-shipping Fraud – Re-shipping is a scam in which the victim agrees to receive a package delivery to their home address and ship it to customers, frequently abroad, in exchange for payment and reimbursement of shipping costs. Often the goods are stolen and there is no reimbursement.

19. Counterfeit and Copyright Fraud – The theft of intellectual property.

18. Misrepresentation Scams – Not getting what you thought you paid for.

17. Ransomware – Malicious software designed to block and ultimately wipe the data of an infected computer unless a ransom is paid.

16. Phishing Scams – Unsolicited email or text messages that appear to come from a legitimate company or agency, seeking personal information or log-in credentials.

15. Investment Scams – The targeting of investors with false information or the promise of high returns.

14. Auction Scams – Fraudulent transactions that take place on online auction sites.

13. Identify Theft / Impersonation – The theft of personal information, such as Social Security numbers, to commit fraud.

12. Credit Card Fraud – Theft and fraud involving illegal charges to someone’s credit card.

11. Corporate Data Breach – The theft or leak of confidential business or customer data.

10. Harassment and Bullying – Threats of intimidation

9. Real Estate or Rental Scams – Loss of money from fraud involving rental property or real estate investment.

8. Extortion / Blackmail / Grandparent Scams – Shakedown through threats of public exposure, physical harm or criminal prosecution

7. Advance Fee Fraud / Nigerian Prince Email Scams / 419 Scams – Advance fee schemes seek an up-front fee in advance of receiving a loan, stocks, lottery winnings, or other proceeds, in order for the deal to go through. After a victims pays the fee, they typically get nothing in return.

6. Personal Data Breach – The improper release or exposure of an individual’s sensitive or confidential data.

5. Employment and Jobs Scams – An scam in which victims who believe they are legitimately employed spend their own money that is never reimbursed, or find themselves involved in a money laundering scheme.

4. Nigerian / African Money Transfers – A long-running con game in which victims are asked to help facilitate the transfer of money in exchange of a commission or share of the profits.

3. Non-Payment / Non-Delivery Scams – Goods and services are shipped to a buyer who never pays/Payment is sent to a seller who never delivers the goods.

2. Romance Scams / Sweetheart Scams / Love Scams / Confidence Fraud – An individual believing themselves to be in a relationship are tricked into sending money, personal information or items of value.

1. Compromised Email Accounts / Business Email Compromise (BEC) Fraud – A scheme targeting both businesses and individuals regularly performing wire transfer payments, compromising email accounts to conduct unauthorized transfers of funds.

The top cyber crimes with the most losses were the compromise of business email accounts, romance and confidence fraud.