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Dotcons: Con Games, Fraud and Deceit on the Internet
     

Dotcons: Con Games, Fraud and Deceit on the Internet

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by James T. Thomes
 
A complete, easy-to-understand guide to protecting yourself and your business from fraud and deceit on the Internet.

The rapid evolution of e-commerce on the Internet has outpaced our laws to regulate it.

Internet sites are setting up offshore, out of the jurisdiction of the laws of civilized countries. Legitimate stocks are manipulated by e-traders, and Dotcom

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A complete, easy-to-understand guide to protecting yourself and your business from fraud and deceit on the Internet.

The rapid evolution of e-commerce on the Internet has outpaced our laws to regulate it.

Internet sites are setting up offshore, out of the jurisdiction of the laws of civilized countries. Legitimate stocks are manipulated by e-traders, and Dotcom stocks with questionable business plans are fetching billions from eager investors. Illegitimate, one-man shops are masquerading as established businesses, taking your credit card, and then disappearing into cyberspace with little or no chance of apprehension, while legitimate auction sites are being used by criminals to sell counterfeit and illegal property.

Violation of your privacy has become the norm while doing business on the Internet, and Identity Theft happens so much that it is now a crime. Your credit card number and your social security number are being passed around like cookies, while monolithic data engines scan websites, chat rooms, bulletin boards and e-mail for your private financial data, choices, thoughts, and opinions—selling it to anyone who wants it.

The Internet is a great place to visit. It's educational, economical, ecumenical, and fun—but you're on your own when you go. There are few laws to protect you from con games, scams, and deceit. This book will help keep you safe.

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Dotcons: Con Games, Fraud, And Deceit On The Internet is a comprehensive, easy-to-read, informative and reliable instructional guide to protecting our selves, our families, and our business dealings from Internet frauds and scams. The rapid growth and development of e-commerce on the Internet is notorious for outstripping the abilities of local, state, and federal law enforcement efforts to deal with it. From stock manipulation by e-traders, to illegitimate entrepreneurs masquerading as established business, to auction site defraudings ranging from selling counterfeits and stolen properties to simply taking the money from a bidder and failing to provide the item offered, Internet based criminal activities are rampant, diverse, and widespread. If you seek to do any kind of personal or professional business on the Internet, you need to give James Thomes' Dotcons a serious and thorough reading!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595148356
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/20/2000
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Dotcons: Con Games, Fraud and Deceit on the Internet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dotcons' should be required reading for every citizen that uses the Internet. It will open your eyes to the confidence games, scams and frauds that are being perpetrated on a massive scale every day at the speed of light all over the world. As you blithely 'surf' from site to site and 'chat' to far-off friends in the evening, monolithic data engines are scanning websites, chatrooms, bulletin boards and e-mail you thought were private -- recording your personal thoughts and habits for people who want to manipulate you into buying what they have to sell. Lucrative Internet sites are setting up off-shore so they can operate out of the jurisdiction of the laws of civilized countries. Eager young business majors are busy manipulating the value of your stocks, and the kid next door has set up a professional-looking web-site so he can masquerade as an established business to get your credit card, phone card, and social security numbers. When you realize you've been cheated and your privacy has been invaded, you find these Dotcon artist can disappear into cyberspace with the click of a mouse, the legal authorities aren't sophisticated enough to catch them, and even if they did, laws don't exist yet to punish them.. 'Dotcons' tells you how to recognize and deal with these threats to your pocketbook and privacy. The Internet is educational, economical, ecumenical, and fun - a great place to visit, but I'm certainly going to bring this book along when I visit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dotcons should be required reading for everyone using the Internet. A play on words describing how the new 'dot-com' technology has been co-opted by modern day con-artists, the book is a well-organized survey of the confidence games, fraud and deceit that exist on the Internet. It explains what the threats are, how Dotcon artists deceive you, how to recognize them, and what you can do to protect yourself. The author, Jim Thomes, is a professional software engineer and a former top level executive who has been associated with the Internet from its inception as a government system in the late seventies to its use for e-commerce in the new millennium. It is clear that he views the dot-com explosion of the last few years with some degree of caution when he argues that the rapid evolution of e-commerce on the Internet has outpaced our laws to regulate it! He claims the fast pace and anonymity of business transactions on the Internet have produced new opportunities for fraud as well as modern versions of old-fashioned confidence games that are appearing every day. Quoting Federal Trade Commission reports of over 500 complaints a day, Dotcons describes how both individuals and businesses are being routinely swindled out of millions of dollars by illegitimate businesses setting up off offshore out of the jurisdiction of the laws of civilized countries, brash young hackers manipulating your portfolio for fun and profit, technology-savvy entrepreneurs with questionable business plans raising billions in capital, and one-man shops masquerading as established businesses, taking your credit card, and then disappearing into cyberspace with little or no chance of apprehension. Dotcons not only warns about these frauds, but also explains how to recognize and deal with them -- Advance Fees, Business Ventures, Investments, On-line Auctions, E-Shopping, Travel Packages, Rebates, University Degrees, Counterfeit Identification, Fenced Goods, Sweepstakes, Contests, Gambling, Prescription Drugs and dozens more 'opportunities' that you will find on the Internet.. Dotcons also addresses the privacy issues associated with using your credit card and personal identification on the Internet. Thomes coins the term 'Mass Privacide' when he asserts that violation of our privacy has become the norm while doing business on the Internet. He shows in detail how surveys that were simply annoyances in the past have been replaced by monolithic data engines scanning websites, chatrooms, bulletin boards and e-mail for private financial data that is used to 'profile' us for manipulation by the media. The format of Dotcons is friendly: it has short, easy to understand examples of scams and simple directions to deal with them. But the message of Dotcons is strong -- a very serious attempt to solve a problem faced by millions of people all over the world who are being confronted every day with new and different electronic schemes to cheat them. Dotcons is an ounce of prevention that's probably worth a pound of cure for your pocketbook and privacy.