What is Web Fraud

Will you be the next Web fraud victim?

As web usage continues to expand, the bad guys are devising new ways to trick you into sending them your passwords, personal and confidential details and your money.

These bad guys use many different approaches to try to trick you including technical tricks, multi-site personal information collection scams and social engineering. Fore example:
  • Web links which hide the actual destination, e.g., you type www.mybank.com, but you're actually linked to a fraud site. (This is referred to a Pharming.)
  • Sites that deliberately hide their ownership and contact information, making it very hard to find the owner after the fraud has been committed.
  • Sites that collect email addresses, passwords and personal and confidential information and use and sell this information to other bad guys.
  • Links sent to you in emails, messages, and documents that trick you to respond and provide personal information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, user IDs and passwords. (This is referred to as phishing.) Phising makes extensive use of social engineering and human psychology to compel you to access elaborate replica's of legitimate sites.
  • Malicious software that tracks your computer usage and sends the information to the bad guys. (Spyware, Trojans & Key Loggers)

Can't happen to you?

Everyone who uses the internet is in danger of falling prey to to some sort of fraud, especially those who conduct business or make purchases on the web. But even if you don't make purchases or use online banking, you can still get scammed! More and more bad guys are targeting at ways to get your identity information so they can open accounts in you name.

For more information about who's in danger please read the BBC article entitled: Research reveals phishing hooks.

Won't my anti-virus and malware software protect me?

Only a little, it protects your system from viruses, spyware, Trojans & key loggers.

How can you stay safe?

You have taken the first step by becoming aware of the exposure. Consumer trust and ignorance are key elements of fraud. But while awareness of risk increases your care when visiting a site, some fraudulent sites can fool even the best trained eye.

The safest thing to do is have some help to remind you and detect suspicious situations. CallingID LinkAdvisor 2.0 keeps you safe before you go to the site and even after you go to the bad guys sites'. Download CallingID LinkAdvisor 2.0.
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More Web fraud information

  • OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help protect against internet fraud..
  • The Anti-Phishing Workgroup focus on identiyy theft and other forms of web fraud.