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Web Stalkers
Chapter 7 -
Internet Scams

Deception at Work

The very power that makes the web a wonderful tool also makes it a perfect breeding ground for criminals.  The ability to have world-wide, instant communication has made it possible for scammers across the globe to prey on unsuspecting consumers.

At this time, Internet law has not evolved to the point where foreign scams can be prosecuted and it is reported that a measurable segment of the Gross Domestic Product of some third-world nations is related to organized crime scams on the Internet.

This chapter will examine the technology that enables web scams, the typical methods used by scammers and the currently inadequate Internet laws governing worldwide commerce.  Tips and tricks will be provided that can be used to help avoid becoming a victim of a web scam.

The Horrors of Internet Fraud

The global nature of the web has created a situation where it can be nearly impossible to bring an Internet scammer to justice.  The epidemic of scams is facilitated by the limited resources of third-world countries who are unable (or unwilling) to investigate these sorts of crimes originating within their borders.

In the USA, there is the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which was originally named the Internet Fraud Complaint Center.  IC3 was established as a central reporting agency for Internet-related complaints. This provided a reporting mechanism for those who had been the victim of web scams. Largely limited to collecting and reporting the statistics of web scammers, IC3 has reported a marked increase in web scams over the past several years. Nearly 100,000 scams were reported in 2004. See the graph in Figure 7.1.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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