Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 7 -
Inside the World of
the Web Scammer
Investment schemes and get-rich-quick scams –
These schemes involve making an initial investment in a day trading
operation that claims to offer huge returns. The FTC advises: Always
check with federal securities and commodities regulators to
determine the level of risk associated with any investment.
Travel/vacation fraud - The lure of a cheap
trip, with various extras, at a bargain-basement price often does
not reveal hidden charges and additional requirements. The FTC
advises: Reputable companies will provide references upon request,
as well as a written cancellation policy.
Telephone/pay-per-call solicitation fraud -
Free access to adult material and pornography by downloading a
viewer or dialer program is cause for concern. After downloading
such a program, consumers reported their modem being disconnected,
then reconnected to the Internet through an international
long-distance number. The FTC advises: Every online customer should
review phone bills carefully and not download any program to access
a free service without reading all disclosures.
Health care frauds – This scheme involves the
sale of items not sold through traditional suppliers. These
products are advertised as proven to cure serious and even fatal
health problems, but in actuality, people simply lose money to these
sites. The FTC advises: Always consult a health care professional.
The next section looks into eCommerce in
general to examine how it offers opportunities for web scammers.
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