Law enforcement agencies frequently provide outreach and training to expand public awareness and crime prevention to citizens throughout their communities. In an effort to support and advance police/community interaction addressing cyber crime and victimization, the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office), U.S. Department of Justice, have developed a series of training modules to identify the most common types of Internet and computer-related scams, and instructional tools to help people avoid being victimized by these scams.
These training modules are designed to be delivered by law enforcement practitioners to members of the public through community outreach, training sessions and other venues. The mission of this program is to provide free resources to educate members of the public about Internet and computer-related scams, to provide them with tools, information, and resources to protect themselves, and to take action if they are victimized. The modules include:
- Identity Theft,
- Work-at-Home Scams,
- Romance Scams,
- Health-Related Fraud,
- Auction Fraud,
- Advance Fee Fraud,
- Real Estate Scams,
- Credit and Debit Card Fraud and;
- Computer Crimes.
The program includes an Instructor Guide for the full series of modules, individual PowerPoint presentations addressing each Internet/computer related scam, and brochures in six different languages.
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Instructors should use these training modules, which are presented in PowerPoint format, as a foundation in community outreach training sessions. Instructors can leverage these modules with their own expertise and experience to expand on the material included.
Instructors Guide: Cybercrime Community Awareness and Prevention Instructor Guide
Current Adobe Reader and Microsoft PowerPoint programs are required to run these presentations. These presentations will need to be opened in “Read Only” format.
Identity Theft The goal of most cyber crimes is to obtain or gain access to someone’s personal information such as social security number, bank account, and credit card numbers. This type of information can be used to perpetrate identity theft, one of the most costly and personally devastating forms of cyber crime. Trying to resolve the repercussions of this crime can often take years. This presentation introduces some of the more common identity theft schemes, how they are facilitated, and tips to avoid and report victimization.
Work-at-Home Scams A flexible schedule and the ability to work from home lures many Americans into work-at-home scams. This presentation introduces common types of work-at-home scams, discusses how the different scams work, and provides tips to avoid and report victimization.
Romance Scams Online dating can be a very successful way to find the perfect match, but use caution as these sites are also used to facilitate a number of financial frauds. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by learning common tactics used by scammers, indicators of fraud, and tips to avoid and report victimization.
Health-Related Fraud Consumers face a great risk of receiving counterfeit, mislabeled, or adulterated pharmaceuticals when purchasing medication online. This presentation identifies dangers associated with fraudulent online pharmacies as well as other types of health-related fraud including numerous health insurance and medical discount card scams. Tips to avoid and report victimization are also covered.
Auction Fraud Looking for the best deal on products often leads consumers to online auction sites. These sites are also a valuable tool for criminals to commit a number of financial frauds. This presentation covers some of the more common types of auction fraud, discusses how these crimes are facilitated, and provides tips to avoid and report victimization.
Advance Fee Fraud is one of the most common frauds. It can range from a down payment on non-existent merchandise to taxes and fees on fictitious lottery winnings. This presentation explains how typical schemes work and provides tips to avoid and report victimization.
Credit and Debit Card Fraud Learn how a typical credit card fraud is perpetrated by looking at a common scenario. This presentation also identifies how a victim’s credit card information is often obtained, provides some tips to prevent victimization, and how to report a lost or stolen card.
Real Estate Scams Consequences of real estate scams can range from losing a few dollars to losing your home. This presentation identifies some of the more commonly encountered types of real estate scams, how to recognize the indicators associated with this type of fraud, and provides some tips to avoid and report victimization.
Computer Crimes threats including ransomware, phishing, and social engineering are on the rise with the increased use of social media and mobile communication. This presentation identifies the common types of cyber crime, explains how to recognize potential threats, and provides tips to avoid and report victimization.
Cybercrime Prevention Brochures
In addition to these training modules, a Cybercrime Prevention brochure is also available for download and is meant to be used as a take-away resource for attendees. The brochure outline tips on how to prevent becoming a cybercrime victim, and are available in six languages—English, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Cybercrime Prevention Brochure:
If you have any questions, please email Cyber@theiacp.org
This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 2013-CK-WX-K027 awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.