ACROSS THE INTERNET
Internet, along with online services, provides many types of people
with many different varieties of information. It provides consumers
with a world of information, and sellers with a new way to promote
their products and/or services. Many different types of business
are done though the computer, including "cybershopping,"
and "banking online." Everyone recognizes the potential
of cyberspace, including crooks. Over the years, scams and fraud
have been conducted by mail or phone. These same scams can now
be found on the Internet. That is why it is very important to
think twice before investing money in any opportunity that is
learned about through the Internet.
person that violates the "federal statue" is defined
as a person "'knowingly and with intent to defraud, accesses
a protected computer without authorization, or exceeds authorized
access, and by means of such conduct furthers the intended fraud
and obtains anything of value, unless the object of the fraud
and the thing obtained consists only of the use of the computer
and the value of such use is not more than $5,000 in a one-year
period," (CRB Internet FAQ's: Internet Fraud).
fraud covers criminal behavior that could be prosecuted under
the Federal wire or mail fraud statutes or the Federal computer
fraud statute. Some Internet fraud might also be prosecuted under
state fraud statutes. An example of Internet fraud was given by
the Department of Justice's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property
German hacker gained unauthorized entry via the Internet into
the computer of a Florida credit card bureau. The hacker sent
the credit card company an e-mail stating that either the company
would pay him $30,000 in ransom or he would destroy all of the
company's files or post all of the credit card numbers stored
in the company's files on the Internet. Fortunately, the German
was a better hacker than criminal mastermind. The Florida company
called the FBI immediately, and the hacker was arrested by German
police and FBI agents when he collected the $30,000 sent to his
post office box in Germany."
has been found that "college degrees [are] only an e-mail
away," (Internet Makes Resume..). Prices for fake degrees
ranged anywhere from $19.95 to $9,000. These fake degrees included
software that could print impressive degrees using a home computer.
Michael G. Kessler, president and CEO of Kessler & Associates,
Ltd., said that they "even located sources selling transcript
templates and paper which would allow the purchaser to fill in
the blanks to create their own official college transcripts, complete
with straight A's if they desired," (Internet Makes Resume...).
There are many other fraud things like this that have become popular
with the Internet, especially in the workplace.
occurs in many different ways throughout the Internet. It is important
to know that it does exist in the Internet and to be fully conscious
you suspect any fraud occurring, contact the National
Fraud Information Center