We have all seen our share of frauds, hoaxes and scams. They just keep
popping up in our email inbox. And if you are using the number one social
networking program of Facebook you have seen many there too. There
seems to be no way of stopping them. So, we must avoid them if and when
we can. I have had at least a dozen in my inbox just today. There are a
few things we should know about criminal activity online.
The hoax is described in the dictionary as deception: an act intended
to trick people into believing something is real when it is not-•.
And Fraud is described in the dictionary as: 1. The crime of cheating
somebody: the crime of obtaining money or some other benefit by
deliberate deception. 2. Somebody who deceives: somebody who
deliberately deceives somebody else, usually for financial gain. 3.
Something intended to deceive: something that is intended to deceive
people. Websites cannot always be trusted to provide truthful and
accurate data. So the hoax and the fraud are basically a fake. A
fake article or website. Something designed to simply separate you from
your money. On the internet the hoax and the fraud can be as elaborate as
any legitimate web site you have ever visited. There are many such fake
websites and it is our task to determine which is real and which is not.
The well known chain letter is a prime example of fraud. Everyone with an
email address has at one time or another received a chain letter. I might
add, more than once. Chain letters are one of the best known hoaxes and
frauds. The chain letter usually tries to get the recipient to
forward the letter on to everyone they know in hopes of receiving
something of value. It never happens. Some chain letters are
sympathy letters. Asking you to send a card or your prayers. The subject
line of the email may read, MAY HEAVEN LET THE LIGHT SHINE DOWN ON YOU.
It makes the claim of a dying child who wants to go around the world and
it urges you to help by sending a couple dollars. Don't be fooled by
a chain letter. If you have any doubts to its validity try to do a search
on Google for it. If you find nothing about it, it is apparently a hoax.
Never forward chain letters. There is a current hoax circulating
around now that states that a New York office of the Department of
Homeland Security is holding a check for you and needs your personal
information to release it. The hoax sometimes asks for a fee or deposit
to release the check. Do not provide any information and send no
money either in cash, check or money order. It is just another hoax.
Always use caution when strange items show up in your email inbox.
There are many articles written about scams and viruses. Take a little
time and read a few of them. In fact, I have even written an eBook about
it myself. It is called What Everyone Should Know about scams, frauds,
hoaxes and viruses. The next time you receive a questionable email
my advice would be to just delete it. Play it safe, be safe. Len Roe
is the Owner and CEO of Diversified Distribution of Oregon. He is also
the author of the popular blog "The Internet Snitch" and the eBook "What
Everyone Should Know about scams, frauds, hoaxes and viruses" which can
be found here: http://www.InternetMoneyInfo-noscams.com/wordpress To see
more of what he has written on this subject go here:
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