Alert for increase in virtual frauds – Another view – Opinion

Alert for increase in virtual frauds – Another view – Opinion
Alert for increase in virtual frauds – Another view – Opinion

Today I want to talk to you about a phenomenon that is not new but is constantly growing: cybercrime. Yes, along with the theft of tires, cell phones, cables, copper, bicycles or cars that happen almost daily and are perpetrated by thieves in a personal capacity.

According to data from the Cybercrime and Digital Evidence Observatory of the Universidad Austral in Argentina, in 2022 there was already an estimated one virtual scam every 10 minutes. This represented an increase in these crimes of almost 200% compared to the previous year. And if this seems alarming, the last few hours brought us even more worrying news: virtual scams doubled compared to last year both in Córdoba and throughout the country.

The most common type of fraud is account theft. WhatsAppThieves trick victims into revealing passwords or making transfers without the need for attacks on computer systems or hacking. There is even a ranking of the virtual scams most used by cybercriminals to steal data or empty bank accounts.

However, this increase in virtual fraud is not exclusive to us; it is a worldwide phenomenon. Yesterday I read that cybercrime continues to grow in Spain and is in line with what is happening throughout Europe. In fact, these crimes went from being 10% of the total in 2019 to 19.2% last year. But there is an even more alarming fact: the percentage of cases that have been solved has decreased.

This highlights the enormous difficulties faced by investigators in reaching criminals, due to extremely short digital footprints and remote locations from which these crimes are committed. The rate of resolution of cybercrime is extremely low.

If you search in Google “virtual scams”, you will find all kinds of advice to avoid falling into the networks of cybercrime. From WhatsApp They have put all their users on alert, recommending a series of measures to prevent scams, such as blocking and reporting suspicious numbers.

But the problem persists: we keep receiving phone calls from unknown numbers. Some are telemarketing, but others are a form of fraud. And this brings us to the final question: is it too much to ask them not to call anymore?

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