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Author: Dan

Online scams are the order of this age for con artists who employ nimble tactics on shoppers. Fortunately, I have not been a victim of this neither does anyone I know. Online scams are likely to pop up in your inbox. How can you determine what is a scam and what is authentic? Online scams are everywhere. While there are legitimate ways to make money online they are usually hidden among those "Get Rich Quick" schemes.

Online scams are often a numbers game, only a small percentage of targets need to fall for the scam to pay off. But all of the sellers whose auctions are ended fraudulently must go to the trouble of relisting the items and must file for credits from eBay. Online scams are on the rise as attackers have found ways to manipulate email traffic, online transactions and even DNS servers. One wrong move on the net, and your computer can be easily compromised or worst, your identity stolen. Online scams are all over the internet and this one really get them good. Everyone would like the idea to shop and get paid to do so.

Online scams are popping up by the hundreds every single day. Most promise something that sounds too good to be true. Online scams are just like offline scams. Criminals are the same people they always were, they operate on the same vulnerabilities and motives as they always have. Online scams are really bad for all of us we need to stop such kind of activities. May be can take of hosting companies as they might control such kind of things in near future.

Auctions comprise the most commonly reported method of Internet fraud. For an excellent brief on other methods of Fraud and signs to look for, visit the Federal Trade Commission's consumer protection pages. Auction sites are also feeling the pinch with Super Bowlrelated rip-offs. But no business has a safe season when it comes to online fraud, because fraudsters don't take vacations.

Scammers simply copy information from the site, or from a typical email message that the site might send its members. If you've ever received one, you'll recognize the wording. Scammers pose as contractors and ask people for money so they can do some immediate, upfront repair work. Of course, since they aren't real contractors, they will never show up to do any repair work.

Perhaps the best known example is the Nigerian scam, wherein you are told that you're going to inherit a great deal of money after your relinquish your bank account number or other personal information. While these scams aren't as prevalent as the instances of fraudulent auctioning, it's still a good policy to be discriminating about who receives your personal information. Perhaps the most glaring conclusion would be that "everyone seemingly is doing it" (online dating, that is). In my opinion, this survey just validates what we've known for many years now - online dating is a socially acceptable and safe way to meet and begin to know other singles.

Email is so easily manipulated by crooks that you simply should never, ever consider any email from a financial institution as legitimate. The message may bear a bank's or a broker's logo, but you should never respond to such an email, and never click on any link it contains. Email and websites can be used for sending or promoting scams such as a false offer from a company or an alert to a false computer virus. The practice of sending these fraudulent emails or creating and promoting these fraudulent websites is called spoofing or phishing.

Internet scammers are smart, sly and slick. They have all of their information in place in case you ask for references and other information. Internet crimes tend to be financial and thieves play on two key emotions: fear and greed. The perpetrator may deliver a threat of some sort:- your bank account is going to be frozen, the IRS is going to audit you, or your personal information will be compromised in some way, in order to gain access to your financial accounts for theft and/or your identity information for additional ID theft-related fraud.


   
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