Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 7 -
The Horrors of
Figure 7.1 There has been a dramatic
increase in Internet scams reported since 2001
Unfortunately, the IC3 often cannot help scam
victims. Since this information is widely known, many users do not
bother to report their losses. Consequently, the real number of web
scams is potentially much higher.
While the medium has changed, the concept of
the scam has been around for centuries. Professional con artists
have preyed on people displaying the following characteristics:
Greed – The number one factor upon which web
scammers play is a person’s desire to make a fast buck.
Guilt – Many scammers play upon personal guilt.
Charity scams are notorious for tugging at heartstrings.
Entitlement – Many people feel cheated by
society and want to get nice things that they feel that they
deserve. In fact, the phrase “Get what you deserve” is directly
targeted at this type of person.
Poverty – A large percentage of web scam
victims come from lower socioeconomic levels.
Ignorance – Many victims of web scams may not
have the benefit of an adequate educational background and are
easily fooled by a slick sales pitch.
Incompetence – All else being equal, web
scammers often prey on those with diminished mental capacity.
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