About Internet Fraud
Internet fraud is a very common crime in places all over the world. With all the data that people so trustingly enter into websites regarding financial and personal information, there now exists a plethora of resources for computer-versed criminals to use in their acts of theft.
Internet fraud is a very versatile act. There are many ways that thieves can approach individuals over the World Wide Web in attempt to cheat them out of their money or identities. One of the most popular scams in 2007 was that of false auctioning. In these cases, individuals would bid on a product or service, and after they had rightfully paid, nothing in return was delivered. These cases accounted for 44.9% of all internet crimes that occurred in 2007.
Other than fraudulent auctions, people are the target of a selection of other internet offenses. These include fake check scams, phishing (deceptive emails sent out in search of personal information), false advance fee loans, and fake friendship/lover swindles. All of these acts can be extremely persuasive. It is easy for one to spin false tales over the internet because there is no face-to-face interaction.
People who have been victims of internet fraud are asked to report the incidents to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). This keeps the government notified of the number of these incidents that occur annually. The IC3 is also able to help those who have suffered from a significant crime.