Fraud on the Internet
The internet enables people to communicate faster than ever before. Unfortunately, it also enables con-artists to milk people out of cash just as fast.
Fraudulent activity on the internet and "on-line" services are a potential problem as services expand.
Internet addresses ending with a ".com" indicate a commercial or business address. As with other businesses, most are legitimate but some are not.
One common problem is ordering software on-line from vendors who disappear. Reputable vendors will offer a demo or a trial review period before requiring payment. Deceptive sellers will not.
Deceptive internet sales also include the same types of activities and come-ons techniques as do telemarketing or mail schemes. Cruises or other vacations, weight loss or other health products or investments are typical problem areas.
A company whose only address is a post office box or an electronic address, is difficult or impossible to track down once the address is closed.
When you subscribe to an online service, you may be asked for credit card information as the method of payment. When you enter an interactive service site, beware of con artists who may ask you to confirm your enrollment by disclosing passwords or account numbers.
A flashy internet web site does not guarantee that the seller is legitimate. Ask for and check references just as you would with another type of business.