The modern Internet we know today was developed in 1971. However, it did not become available to consumers until 1983. Throughout the past 50 years, people have been using the Internet to connect with friends and learn new things.
Sadly, it is also used to scam other people. In 2017, the FBI received over 300,000 complaints about Internet scams. They also reported that victims lost over $1.4 billion in online fraud.