With most people now connected to the web it was always going to be an area that fraudsters would target, in deceiving innocent parties to take advantage of those they could steal money and identities from.
This is why it is more important than ever to be aware of the types of methods these people will employ to try and get online users to part with their cash and personal information.
It is an unfortunate reality that crime on the Internet is rising, meaning that everybody who does wish to use their computers and other devices safely should heed the following warnings.
Internet fraud involves the use of services or software connected to the Internet with the goal of defrauding victims and taking advantage of their situation. This may be through the theft of personal information, for example, with identity theft now a common occurrence.
Even the distribution of seemingly legitimate software can lead to Internet fraud, with unsuspecting victims being taken in by fraudulent emails. The solicitation may appear to be from a well-known source, however it could result in fraudulent transactions taking place or the selling on of personal bank details and credit card information.
These are just a few possibilities that can happen to anyone. It is quite easy to state that this will never happen to you, but these criminals are getting even more subtle in their deception. They make use of clever tactics to get users to part with their data.
In addition to the sorts of scams mentioned above, there is also risk associated with social media and networking on the Internet. As sites such as Facebook and Twitter have taken off in a big way, so fraudsters have developed means of targeting people via this medium.
Chat rooms and message boards are often places where Internet fraud occurs, as there is often a general sense of trust and mutual respect implied through the use of these kinds of sites, making people vulnerable to those with more suspect motives.
This is why it is necessary to use verification when opening accounts and creating profiles on the Internet. You can trust users more readily when their identity has been checked and this encourages greater online security across the web.
There is no need to be fearful of using the Internet, however, as long as you adopt safe practices when online, you should be fine. Never give out personal details or respond to emails unless you can be as certain as possible, they can be trusted.
[author ]Peter Davis is an advocate of online safety and writes on this subject for a number of sources. He recommends sites such as Advertsafe.com as well as others that aim to make the Internet a more secure and enjoyable place to be.[/author]