An Internet fraud (online scam) is the use of Internet services or software with Internet access to defraud victims or to otherwise take advantage of them; for example, by stealing personal information, which can even lead to identity theft.
A very common form of Internet fraud is the distribution of rogue security software.
Internet services can be used to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to others connected with the scheme.
The most common fraud takes place using credit cards.
This is when the account numbers and PIN numbers are obtained when a transaction is done.
The fraudster (s) use this information to withdraw money from unsuspected individual.
During this transaction people may steal this buyer's identity and act as him and request payment to an offshore account with an excuse that is not verified to be true and just an excuse to steal the said credit card.
An example of a fraudulent purchase transaction: From: XXXXXX XXXXXX [[email protected]] Sent: Saturday, October 1, 2005 AM Subject: International order enquiry Goodday Sales, This is XXXXXX XXXXXXX and I will like to place an order for some products in your store, But before I proceed with listing my requirements, I will like to know if you accept credit card and can ship internationally to Lagos, Nigeria.
Could you get back to me with your website so as to forward you the list of my requirements as soon as possible.
Regards, Chris Onyekachi Avecon Limited Inc 6540 Ne 18th Ave Apt 303 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334-5154 United States Thanks for the prompt response, the price of the car is okay by me, I am ready to buying it now for Birthday gift for my Dad and i am at sea at the moment as i am a marine engineer and due to the nature of my work, phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it.
I really want the car to be a surprise for Dad so i wont let him know anything about the car until it gets delivered to him, i am sure he will be more than happy with the car.
I insisted on Pay Pal because i don't have access to my bank account online as i don't have internet banking, but i can pay from my Pay Pal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to give me your Pay Pal email address and the price so i can make the payments asap for the car and pls if you don't have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to WWW.