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Cyber Criminals

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What is the profile of typical Internet hucksters? The first thing you need to know is that most Internet hucksters are street smart and quick thinkers. Many are masters at persuasion, good writers and smooth talkers. After all, they must possess the necessary skills to gain your trust and eventually take your money. They know what to say, how to say it and when to push the right buttons to persuade their targets to do what they want. Here are a few things you should know about these crooks:

· Crooks see you and I as profit centers, not people.

· They come in all shapes and sizes, from stalkers luring 13-year olds to their deaths, to identity thieves and fly-by-night operators.

· Many run offshore business schemes to evade U.S. laws. If you innocently become part of or participate in their schemes, you could end up charged with a crime!

· Crooks can also be hackers who break into computer systems to cause damage or simply to steal personal and business data.

· Others set up devices that steal affiliate commissions by replacing your affiliate Ids with their own, including spyware that tracks your surfing habits.

Here are a couple of examples of ingenious but costly scams. The first scammer easily finds information about your business on the Internet. The second simply scans employment websites and sends solicitation emails to potential targets:

Example #1 - A scammer will send you a small $5.00 check. Your staff deposits the money without giving it much thought. When the check returns to the scammer, he now has your bank information & account number on it. Now he can start “demand drafts” on your bank account!

Example # 2- Another scam involves getting you to receive money on behalf of some company based in Latvia or some obscure country. They will typically find your email from the resume you have posted on a career website. If you accept doing work for them, you may find yourself involved with money laundering, illegal money transfers, wire fraud and processing stolen credit card orders. Never accept to do any work that involves money transfers or receipt on behalf of third parties!

“…Over 125 people have been arrested in the US on charges of online fraud. Called Operation Cyber Sweep, the operation has been going on since October 1 and is being coordinated by 34 US Attorneys’ offices nationwide, the FBI, the Postal Inspection Service, the FTC, the United States Secret Service, and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and a number of state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. Auction fraud, credit card fraud, extortion, software piracy, intellectual property theft, and hacking are among the crimes being investigated…”
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