One way cyber crooks scam consumers is by setting up bogus or so-called spoofed websites, where they lure people into revealing their financial or other personal information, which the crooks then steal.
And it turns out the most popular U.S. location for these phony sites is Santa Clara, according to a study by San Jose security firm ThreatMetrix. The second most popular city “for online fraud origination,” as ThreatMetrix puts it, is San Jose, with Fremont in the sixth spot.
Crooks often create phony web addresses by hijacking computer servers used by companies or others. And the bad guys often pick Silicon Valley addresses because that tends to lend credibility to their phony operations, according to ThreatMetrix.
Here is ThreatMetrix’ real-time map of fraud activity around the world.
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