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Web Stalkers
Chapter 7 -
Internet Scams

Real World Case: Internet Consumer Scams

In early 2004 Mr. Smith, the owner of a software training company hired a computer consulting company to develop an extensive set of training courseware.  The staff went to work full-time creating Mr. Smith’s courseware and it was not long before Mr. Smith owed them a large bill for the courseware. 

About that time, the consulting company started receiving dozens of telephone calls from people who wanted refunds for non-shipment of products they had ordered from Mr. Smith.  Stunned, the owner of the consulting company explained that his company was not affiliated with Mr. Smith and that his company was just a subcontractor providing Mr. Smith with training material. Later, he learned that this Mr. Smith had advertised that his company was Mr. Smith’s partner! Using the Internet to get more information, he discovered many new complaints about Mr. Smith taking money from customers and not delivering the products. Shockingly, this fellow appeared to be attempting consumer fraud. 

Over the next several months, Mr. Smith continued to attempt to sell his products, using phony names and fake computer experts.  Here are some comments about Mr. Smith’s Internet operations that were found on the web.  The names have been changed.

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

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