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Web Stalkers
Chapter 7 -
Internet Scams

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.

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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