Hello and Welcome to Using the Power of the Internet to Combat Internet Scams and Fraud
Somehow it makes sense to me that if the scammers and fraudsters can take advantage and use the power of internet to scam their victims, why cannot this same power be used to help combat and reduce internet crime.
In an article posted by the United States Department of Justice
What Is Internet Fraud?
The term "Internet fraud" refers generally to any type of fraud scheme that uses one or more components of the Internet - such as chat rooms, e-mail, message boards, or Web sites - to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to other connected with the scheme.
If you use the Internet with any frequency, you'll soon see that people and things online tend to move, as the saying goes, on "Internet time." For most people, that phrase simply means that things seem to happen more quickly on the Internet -- business decisions, information-searching, personal interactions, to name a few - and to happen before, during, or after ordinary "bricks-and-mortar" business hours.
Unfortunately, people who engage in fraud often operate in "Internet time" as well. They seek to take advantage of the Internet's unique capabilities -- for example, by sending e-mail messages worldwide in seconds, or posting Web site information that is readily accessible from anywhere in the world - to carry out various types of fraudulent schemes more quickly than was possible with many fraud schemes in the past.
There are thousands of interpretations of what is an internet scam or fraud, but this article point out a valuable and additional piece of the use of the internet problem. Internet time, the speed at which a fraud can take place,
According to InternetWorldStats the world population grew at a rate of 26% and Users for the years 2000-2009 increased 380%. China is first with 20,8% of the world users, followed by the United States with 13.1 and Japan is third with 5.5%.. Imagine the global opportunity for these internet scammers, an unimaginable market for any other form of business. Scams are indeed very big business, We have no idear how fast the Scam market is growing, especially when one internet guru claimed he can put up 15 legitimate websites a day.
How could we ever calculator just how many victims of an internet scam or fraud take place every day, how or minute, or even a second? For those that know or know of me, at age 71 this is probably my last campaign, of many, to combat internet scam and fraud.
Just today, although she has hinted at it for months, she said I was wasting my time. Probably so I said.
But for me it is a start to continue the good work of others before me. For me, I have been on the net since its beginning (forgive my memory, perhaps the late 70's) for I have used the net over the years for my many and varied businesses. Other great sites focus on a few brands scams and scam and publish lists of their findings, have great articles and background materials to help users. And of course there are some forums and blogs that address the subject.
As for me, I retired and started using the interest to relieve my boredom. It is is difficult to go from 12-16 hour days to doing nothing. What started as hobby surfing turned into a business venture for me, and as one author put it "oldsters tend to be naive and trusting"
In retrospect, it is true because I never treated my online business like a business, never did any due diligence. In deed I was blind-sided by the variety and number of scams to be found. Once a victim, I started look for more scams. One way to learn is to actually live the experience and learn the creativity used by the scammers. The best salesmen of the world anticipate the next question.
A fundamental premise of our strategy is the few of us will admit our mistakes, even fewer learn from them. Most of us are afraid to tell our spouse, girl or boyfriend , family and friends that we have been scammed. So while there are some great efforts online to combat internet scams, we have elected to be anonymous and interactive. Sure we will have lists, but hopefully we can help others to learn to due their own due diligence of an business before they join a scam and become a statistic.
This blog will be another public site for the research and investigations that we conduct within our group.
The Internet Scams Anonymous Group (ISA) launched online January 2010, after nearly 2 years of research into the magnitude of Internet Crime; related to Internet Scams, Internet Fraud and Spam. Most attached themselves to various Affiliate, MLM and Pyramid Programs. Others find their way into High Yield Investment Programs (HYIP) and even Forex. Certainly work at home programs, data entry/processing and survey programs are not immune to scams.
The ISA Group with its nearly 450 pages Support Reference Manual and Resource Directory provides is a valuable resource for any business developing its risk management plan, or the individual beginning or growing his or her business online.
One scam can cost you at little as $1, $10 to hundreds of dollars, and more. How much have you lost on the internet?
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Thank you, Take Care
Dr. Don Yates Sr. PhD
Website Internet Scams Anonymous
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