For the last two decades, Internet crime has been one of the hardest crimes to fight. Crime, fraud prevention, politicians and but not limited law enforcement work toward goals to make the internet safer to use but there is always someone out there that has found ways either to scam consumers out of their money or information and on the other end there are consumers committing fraudulent offences against service and product providers to gain access to and render services or receive products with-out paying for them. After the annual E.J.O.A.T Network picnic qusetions were asked and answers were given on many aspects of many different types of fraud and crime over the Internet.
The increase in fraudulent usage and crime on the Internet can and may be attributed to websites like IRS.gov, Facebook.com, Myspace.com, Paypal.com, Yahoo.com, Twitter.com, Register.com and Godaddy.com just to name a few of the most well known. IRS.gov, Facebook.com, Myspace.com, Paypal.com and Twitter.com all have ongoing spoof issues and they seemingly have no idea on how to stop it. Register.com and Godaddy.com have miscellaneous payment and privacy issues along with products and services for sale that allow a person to hide their identity with out support from law enforcement agencies. With the time that it takes to get support from law enforcement and if the proper data does not get saved, most Internet crimes will and have gone un-solved.
Yohoo accounts get stolen by spammers, then when you notify Yahoo even with the death certficate of the owner of the account and that the account is compromized, you get a your account security response. Both Twitter and Yahoo seem to think you have an account and have to go read their websites to find out your doing the right thing but their system has problems. Then Yahoo also wants you to have your spam notification set just right in some format that is pretty much un-heard-of, therefore, nothing get’s done because no one is going over to a Yahoo website to learn how they accept spam notifications, atleast on the fly.
Twitter has a real bad problem with spoof. Twitter spoof is emails that say they are from twitter and information that can be read says it’s al Twitter, but the links inside take you to another website that asks you for personal and/or account details. Allot of people fall in to this trap. When server administrators send spoof notifications, they get failure notifications from their spoof notifications therefore the spoof notification never reaches it’s destination. And after sending e-mails to the Twitter spoof department for support on the issue of the failure, a auto response is received saying thanks for your report that you never sent and the e-mails NEVER get answered. It will be hard to defeat that fraud, that spoof, or this internet crime for Twitter’s inability to receive spoof reports. Not trying to hammer down on Twitter as there are plenty of other websites and businesses on the Internet that have the same problem.
“You’d think a multi million dollar company could do something about scammers spoofing their name.” a local business owner says.
IRS.gov, Godaddy.com and Paypal.com have the same problem with spoof as Twitter but not quite as bad and they seem do something about the spoof and actively fight fraud on their sites.
“How can you do business on the Internet with so many fraudsters.” another local business owner says on this subject.
Many consumers have a tendency to be a little to froogle and find ways to cheat service providers and get free products by scamming companies. This is a crime and costs businesses millions of dollars across the online business spectrum. Business owners work diligently to protect themselves but as it has gone, they get overwhelmed by fraudulent users.
There are even organized groups on Facebook that teach their members how to misuse websites to facilitate the theft of products and services and the business owners that are victimized by this all normally have no idea this is happening to them until it is way to late.
Until law enforcement and other organizations and agencies can all get together to stop crime and fraud on the Internet, we will all have to watch email links we click and who we are selling to. Do you know of any other websites that have bad fraud or spoof problems? Are you a business owner that has fraud problems? Leave us some comments….
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