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Web Stalkers
Chapter 7 -
Internet Scams

Real World Case: Internet Consumer Scams

“I got tired of waiting for Mr. Smith promises so I sued him. I won my case. What do I do next? Does anyone know?”

“I to have been caught out. I authored an ebook @, I entered into an agreement for to resell but low and behold, he is doing his utmost not to pay me (dragging on for over 8 months to date). I am taking legal action in a few weeks.  If you have purchased my ebooks from Mr. Smith from June 2004 onwards, please email me.”

He immediately stopped producing courseware for this fellow and found that Mr. Smith did not intend to pay for the products that were delivered to him.  He went to court and won a judgment against Mr. Smith and is still waiting for compensation from this judgment.

The next example is a continuation of this story and one of a more subtle form of consumer scam, the deceptive advertising angle.

The DBLearning Site Scam

Alerted to a web site by a fellow professional, the business owner was asked if he had ever heard of an individual named on the site. The website was flashy and advertised a database expert that he had never heard of. It all sounded very convincing.   He did some quick checking and discovered:

  • This alleged database expert had no industry articles or contact information and the photo appears to be a stock photo of a model.

  • The address on the site was a phony suite mail forwarding service.

  • The web site administrative contact was the same person who owed the business owner money from a previous judgment.

There was also more information on the web about people claiming to have been scammed:

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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