The term “Internet fraud” refers generally to any type of fraud scheme that uses one or more components of the Internet – such as chat rooms, e-mail, message boards, or Web sites – to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to other connected with the scheme.
If you use the Internet with any frequency, you’ll soon see that people and things online tend to move, as the saying goes, on “Internet time.” For most people, that phrase simply means that things seem to happen more quickly on the Internet — business decisions, information-searching, personal interactions, to name a few – and to happen before, during, or after ordinary “bricks-and-mortar” business hours.
Unfortunately, people who engage in fraud often operate in “Internet time” as well. They seek to take advantage of the Internet’s unique capabilities — for example, by sending e-mail messages worldwide in seconds, or posting Web site information that is readily accessible from anywhere in the world – to carry out various types of fraudulent schemes more quickly than was possible with many fraud schemes in the past.
The major types of Internet fraud include Auction and Retail Schemes Online, Business Opportunity/”Work-at-Home” Schemes Online, Identity Theft and Fraud, Investment Schemes Online, and Credit-Card Schemes.
Source: United States Department of Justice: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/internet/
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Originally posted on Fightfraud.NV.gov