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Internet Fraud, Greedy Easy Targets?
By Thomas Emmon Pisano
US Correspondent

If something in life seems too good to be true, you can be assured that it is a hoax, a swindle or some kind of fraudulent activity.

The last few years has seen an outbreak of elaborate internet fraud schemes designed to separate the unsuspectingly greedy from their possessions, including identities. Information is the big prize these scoundrels are stealing from the unwary. Of course they will try to pick your pocket in the process don't forget that, they are just common thieves. These frauds are so transparent how can any one go for them?

Sometimes, in this gimmick, there is the potential to make ten to fifteen percent of the big paycheck or a percentage of accounts received. Some of the offers look so good you would swear that professional advertising firms made them. Let me tell you they all look authentic, down to the addresses and the seals of the governments they claim to represent.

The Australian Lottery, Human Textiles Limited and the 'Nigerians' are just three of the seemingly thousands of variations which are being sent around the world to your email inboxes. These deceptions are sometimes great pieces of fiction, telling of a family in an emerging republic who has become oppressed in some way and they need a bank in the ‘States to send their family fortune to, and they want you to care take these monies.

Remember, the only way to stop these thieves is by not giving them any information, it is best to ignore the email all together, report as spam to your email provider. If you are plagued by these annoying emails, write a letter to the various departments, which investigate fraud and internet theft. The FBI, The Department of Justice, Your representatives whom you elected to public office and any watch dog group which may be found on the internet. You know how to deal with these criminals; DON'T GIVE THEM ANYTHING: NOTHING! If you didn't ask for it, YOU DON'T WANT IT! When it comes to the internet, this place is no man's land and it is as hostile as a street corner in any big city. As soon as you post a public profile, for instance, let's say in a chat room, the wolves come sniffing around and they will literally try to cut you out of the herd. Your personal information should be a secret and never revealed to any strangers.

The web is virtually un-patrolled and it is almost impossible to enforce any laws or rules in international cyberspace. At this time, the anti-detection technology is too sophisticated for anyone to successfully track those who wish not to be discovered.

If you have, any doubts about the heart felt story in the email that you have received, do not respond to the email, and do not correspond with the person sending the letter, instead do your research, use the search engines, and find out about the offer in question. The chances are that it will be listed on the internet in some place use the key words: INTERNET FRAUD.

These criminals profile the middle-aged and the elderly who have money put away and the thieves figure that this man or woman would be willing to make a quick buck. Don't be greedy and fall prey to the many internet frauds, which are floating around out there. In addition, don't get me started on the, ‘pretty girls who are looking for an airline ticket to get home,' swindle.

If you don't know the person who is sending you, the email asking for help and you have NEVER met them. Tell them to go take a hike. There are a thousand con games out there on the internet, and the web is thick with all kinds of predators. LET THIS BE A WARNING! Don't trust anyone you don't know on the internet.

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Mr. Thomas Emmon Pisano, an electronics-engineer-turned professional writer, serves as US correspondent for The Seoul Times. A New Jersey native he has lived in California. He has started his writing career in 2003 and has authored four books including “No Murder Too Small” and Big Crimes Small Miracles.”






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