Webstoppers reaches milestone during Canada's Fraud Prevention Month

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 26 /CNW/ - Webstoppers reports that as part of
it's "Identity Defence & Privacy Project", it has cracked its 500th case of
internet fraud reported online since it's inception in early 2007. This is an
especially important milestone to achieve during March, which is
internationally designated as Fraud Prevention month. The reports consisted of
almost twenty-three serious identity theft claims and over 300 website
spoofing and hacking attempts. Additionally, Webstoppers received complaints
of over 150 unique fraudulent emails requesting personal identifiable
information and even a number of child pornography complaints.
    All 500 case files were carefully investigated and resolved. Any criminal
or prosecutable cases or results were reported to local enforcement agencies
where the crime was committed. Webstoppers reports that 98% of reports
originated outside of Canada. In the last year alone, Webstoppers has assisted
numerous law enforcement agencies globally with apprehending cybercriminals.
    Statistics released by Webstoppers indicate that many of the reported
cases are the result of less than vigilant internet usage or basic common
awareness of the way information is collected and stored online. This is not
only a serious problem for home internet users, but is also affecting large
corporate networks on a daily basis. Webstoppers uses proprietary software and
internet crawl engines specifically engineered to patrol and enforce privacy
over the internet. The Privacy Officers at Webstoppers are highly trained CPSC
certified employees with years of diverse expertise in cybercrime. The
consensus among the Webstoppers team is that most of the reported instances
could have been avoided through proper training and the use of advanced web
security available today.
    Webstoppers thanks Canadians for reporting their online security and
privacy concerns. Webstoppers is committed to making the internet a safer,
more secure place for Canadians without the need to provide their personal
identity. The victim or informants personal identifiable information is kept
anonymous and is not required to initiate a complaint. This policy ensures
free flow of information from the public and the superior complaint pool.

    Webstoppers is Canada's only privately funded internet cybercrime tipster
reporting service. Webstoppers is paving the way for Canadians to actively
report internet crime to an authoritative and dedicated group that handles
every case as a high priority, without even asking your name.
    To report or discuss a suspicious website navigate to www.webstoppers.ca

For further information:

For further information: Christopher Egilo, Director of Technology &
Architecture, chris.egilo@webstoppers.ca, (905) 366-0455 ext. 23

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