Cyber Crime Program
The San Luis Obispo Police Department
has received an increasing number of “cyber crimes” reported in recent years, which
follows a national trend resulting from increased computer use, on-line business, and
more sophisticated criminals. Residents and businesses are urged to take appropriate
precautions to protect themselves and valuable data from theft or attack.
Here is a brochure
with information regarding idenitiy theft.
Free Annual Credit
December 1, 2004
marked the first day that California residents were able to take
advantage of a new Federal law that requires the three credit
reporting companies to provide you with a free annual credit report.
You may access your
free credit report by visiting
Once you are on this site, you will be directed to either TransUnion,
Equifax, or Experian.
The experts believe
you should stagger your free requests throughout the year, rather
than making requests of all three credit card companies at the same
time. You will have the option of requesting the reports online,
over the phone or through the mail. With the burgeoning problem of
identity theft, it makes sense to take advantage of the new law.
Commission Education is a key tool to
prevent consumer injury. In this website, you'll find publications
with advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other
Internet Fraud Complaint
The Internet Fraud
Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center
IFCC's mission is
to address fraud committed over the Internet. For victims of
Internet fraud, IFCC provides a convenient and easy-to-use reporting
mechanism that alerts authorities of a suspected criminal or civil
violation. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at all
levels, IFCC offers a central repository for complaints related to
Internet fraud, works to quantify fraud patterns, and provides
timely statistical data of current fraud trends.
Infrastructure Protection Center Official website to report cyber crime to
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, obtain prevention information for your business or
commercial enterprise, special advisories and alerts.
Cyber Security Alliance Official location of Stay Safe On Line a
cooperative effort of business and government to reduce cyber related crime. This site
is especially helpful to beginners and persons needing to take steps to protect home
systems from attack.
email@example.com This email can be used to
report phishing scam emails or websites. The Anti-Phishing Working
Group is a volunteer organization that maintains a repository of
phishing scam emails and websites to help people.
Submitting Phishing Email:
1. Create a new
2.Drag and drop
the phising email from your inbox onto this new email.
3. Do not use
"forward" if you can help it, as this approach loses information and
requires more manual processing.
examples include: “You have won $1,000,000.00, just send account
info. for deposit” or an official LOOKING email of a bank or Pay Pal
ect., asking for account information.
Pharming is where a site has been cloned to look authentic, instead,
they down load key logger data, request account info., ect.
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