Cybercrime totals in the billions annually for Canadians, according to the OPP.

The OPP is taking the opportunity to educate the public on how to avoid Cybercrime and to raise awareness.

Cybercrime occurs when technology is used to carry out criminal offences such as fraud, identity theft, cyberbullying, and child exploitation. It can also be used to disrupt computer systems through ransom wear or Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Just through the first half of 2019, Cybercrime has cost the public millions according to reports.

“As we near the second decade of the 21st century, we must all recognize the real and serious impact cybercrime has on our communities,” OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique said. “Everyone has a role to play in preventing the increasing risk of cybercrime victimization within Ontario.

“The OPP knows that it is essential that we collaborate with our public safety partners to manage risks, reduce threats and minimize harm to our community members. We encourage everyone to educate and protect themselves from cybercriminals.”

For helpful tips on how to avoid becoming a victim to Cybercrime, follow the OPP on twitter or Facebook, as well as follow the #cyberaware.

If someone you know suspects they have been a victim of digital or online cybercrime, contact your local police service or local OPP, the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre, or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online.