Title: Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the digital transformation and digital frauds in the US economy

Authors: Shashidhar

Addresses: Verizon, 1 Verizon Way, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, USA

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on the US economy, especially in the tourism, aviation, real estate, information technology, hospitality, and food industries. An increase in companies opting for digital transformation and the work-from-home option has also increased the risk of internet fraud and identity threats. Change in the shopping patterns has witnessed 29% of individuals in the USA falling prey to digital fraud associated with COVID-19. This study witnessed a significant increase in the rate of internet thefts, phishing, scamming and financial frauds in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meta-analysis performed using the previously reported data on the proportion of internet frauds and identity theft in the USA showed a pooled response rate of 44.71% (95% CI: 44.68-44.73%), 15.18% (95% CI: 15.17-15.20%), respectively from 2015 through 2019. The study also discussed the global forecast and prevention of such internet frauds and thefts post COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; digital transformation; identity theft; internet fraud; meta-analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2022.124648

International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 2022 Vol.12 No.3, pp.429 - 448

Received: 10 Dec 2020
Accepted: 23 Feb 2021

Published online: 31 Jul 2022 *

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