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Web Stalkers
Chapter 7 -
Internet Scams

Hoaxes

Greetings,

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Enacted into Law by Congress, the SCA provides for compensation of up to $30,000 for anyone whose ancestor was enslaved within the United States.

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In this hoax/scam combination, victims were lured into paying $200 in cash to learn how to claim their money from the Federal government.  In a very sad ending, the scammers added insult to injury by telling the victims that their slavery compensation money could be deducted from their income taxes. Hundreds of misinformed taxpayers spent their tax withholding, believing that they were receiving a windfall.  The IRS was sympathetic, but still required them to pay their taxes, along with the required penalties and interest.

The following is an example of how anyone can fall victim to e-mail scams. A noted Oracle DBA decided to pull a prank with an April Fools Day hoax using his database newsletter that reaches an audience of several thousand computer professionals.   Here is a copy of the email:

The Computer Incident Advisory Delegation (CIAD) has just issued a Severity-One virus alert for a security vulnerability for Oracle Databases on Linux and UNIX platforms.   This virus affects Oracle RDBMS Releases 8.1.0 through 9.2.0.4 and may result in a complete loss of service.  This virus may be serious and requires IMMEDIATE attention to neutralize the threat.


The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert
 

http://www.rampant-books.com/book_2004_2_stalkers.htm


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