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What are IC3 and IC3.Gov?

Scammers are doubling their efforts to scam people out of their money and personal information.

According to the Federal Trade Commission site, scammers are doubling their efforts to scam people out of their money and personal information.  As a result, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) teamed up to remind consumers to be aware. 

What should you do?

In this post, we like to remind consumers to follow the Federal Trade Commission recommendation to learn more about the common signs of internet fraud. In this way, it helps consumers avoid virtual and on-the-phone scams. For instance, scammers are now charging for COVID-19 vaccine shots; however, COVID-19 vaccines are free to the Public, there is no cost associated with getting the shot. Even more disheartening, scammers aim to collect individuals’ personal information, putting victims at risk for further financial fraud.

Consumers can learn more about the common signs of internet fraud scams to help avoid falling for one. Visit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-avoid-scam to learn more. In addition, we like to share two additional resources to help prevent and report internet fraud.

What is IC3.Gov?

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, also known as IC3, is a website that offers users a standardized mechanism and interface to report suspected cybercrime or other illegal activity facilitated by the internet. You can visit their site at IC3.Gov. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), 791,790 American people reported in 2020 losses exceeding $ 4.1 billion, a 69% increase from 2019.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center also provides the Public with a reliable and convenient way to submit and report fraud information. One aspect of the Internet Crime Complaint Center is collecting fraud information and bringing awareness about fraud to inform the Public. Consumers can also report an online scam or e-mail hoax by filing a complaint online with the Internet Crime Complaint Center or by using their online Tips, and Public Leads form; To provide information on select major cases, consumers can call the Major Case Contact Center at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324).

What is IC3 Digital Literacy?

IC3 Digital Literacy Certification is a certification and an assessment program. According to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), IC3 Digital Literacy Certification meets alignment requirements outlined by National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for teachers and students.  In today’s world, Digital Literacy is a must-know.  For this reason, an essential second resource to gain knowledge in Digital Literacy. Overall, Digital Literacy Certifications are becoming more of a recommendation for college education in general education or computing literacy. Digital Literacy prepares students and employees for a technology-based world.

In closing, let us review the terms. The acronym IC3 is a Digital Literacy Certification advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. The second term, IC3.Gov is an Internet Crime Complaint Center website to report internet fraud.  Visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center website to learn about internet fraud prevention.  Visit the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) website to learn about the new Digital Technology Literacy standards.

References

UNews@TheU. (2021).  Pandemic spurs a burst of technology innovation.  https://news.miami.edu/stories/2020/08/pandemic-spurs-a-burst-of-technology-innovation.html

Federal Trade Commission site FTC. (2021). How to avoid a scam. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-avoid-scam

International Society for Technology in Education ISTE. (2021). IC3 Digital Literacy Standards. https://www.iste.org/standards/standards-in-action/seal-of-alignment/certiport’s-internet-and-computing-core-certification