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Warning! Internet - Fraud

By Vladimir Golubev
Date: May 31, 2003

Stop Internet Fraud The Internet-fraud grows and prejudices all advantages of "e-commerce” over traditional commerce.

Researches show, that most of all Internet-fraud are in the USA, Romania, Nigeria, the Great Britain, Canada, the republic of South Africa, Togo, Indonesia, Australia, Russia and Ukraine. The use of false or stolen credit cards is the most popular in these countries.

Only the last year in the USA it has been fixed more than 48 thousand attempts of Internet fraud. According to The Internet Fraud Complaint Center it is three times more, than in 2001. In 2002 damage from actions of Internet-swindlers has made $54 million ($17 million - in 2001).

46 % of frauds have been committed at the Internet-auctions. 31 % of frauds have been committed as non-delivery of the goods ordered through the WorldNet. 12 % of frauds have been related to theft of the credit cards' data. Victims of so-called "Nigerian letters" have had the heavy losses. On average, each American who has fallen a victim to “the Nigerian spam", has lost $3 854.

The statistics shows, businesses which have fallen to a victim of fraud usually lose more money, than private persons. Men become victims of these crimes more often, than women, and older persons - more often, than young. In 80 % of Internet-fraud the swindler is a man, engaged in fraud "at home" and during free time. The most of all swindlers prefer to steal gradually. The statistics shows, the more largely losses the police work hard to find out the malefactor. Most of all swindlers stolen the large sums, are arrested within three-four months, but some of them, unfortunately, remain unpunished.

Computer Crime Research Center

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