Sunday, 2 October 2011

Access to the Internet is relatively unrestricted, and online activities have by and large been unregulated. Because of this it is relatively easy for criminals to maintain their anonymity, even while coaxing private information from their victims. The size of the Internet offers a seemingly limitless population of potential targets, many of whom are far enough away to make investigation and prosecution difficult or impossible.
Also it has taken law enforcement some time to respond to the challenge of crime on the Internet. When existing laws cannot be easily applied to new technologies, it takes time for new laws to be defined and for prosecutors to learn how to use them.
Some of the most common crime on the internet occurs when unscrupulous persons or organization are able to get information about you. Sometimes without your even realizing that it is happening Information can be collected about you both with and without your knowledge through cookies, E-mail and other information you submit while visiting websites.
A “cookie” is a small file of information that web sites send to and from your browser to help the website know where you have been and what you have done.
Often these cookies are useful to you. They keep track of whether or not you have signed in to a service on the web, or the stage you are in when making a purchase online.
But these cookies can also be used to track your movement on the web and provide information to others that you may not want to share, like what sites you have browsed , what you have bought, or to whom you have given your credit card information.
E-mail can carry a lot more then text. You can receive pictures, sounds, documents and even video as an attachment in an E-mail . But sometime these attachment can be unwanted, or even do serious damage to you or your computer. E-mail can be used to spread computer viruses that can destroy your data and automatically send themselves to other to other people whom you send E-mail.
The most common scams on the Internet are:
1. Web auction. While many buyers and sellers conduct business by online auction without incident, the nature of these auctions make it easy for criminals to take money from buyers without ever providing the product or service advertised Almost 87% of all fraud on the web is conducted through online auctions.
2. General merchandise, not delivered or not as advertised.
3. Internet services, not provided or not as advertised.
4. Hardware and software, not delivered or not as advertised
5. Pyramids and multi-level marketing schemes
6. Other business opportunities, like big profits from E-mail marketing, or with no work.
7. Work at home plans
8. Advanced fee loans
9. Credit repair.
10. Secured credit cards the a are never received
Other common scams include magazine services, travel and vacations products, and adult services
Begin alert is you best defence against begin taken by a scam on the Internet.


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