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Chapter 7 -
Media Attention on Fraud
“Mr. Smith’s activities are clearly illegal,
though, according to Andrew August, a business attorney and
principal partner of San Francisco-based Pinnacle Law Group LLP.”
"What he's doing is clearly illegal under a
potpourri of federal and state statutory schemes," August said. That
includes laws such as the CAN-SPAM Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse
Act, and the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
But the likelihood of Mr. Smith being brought
to justice is small, August said, given the comparatively negligible
amounts he owes his customers. "The amounts are so small," he said.
"What capable consumer rights lawyer is going to take him on?"
The next section reviews some resources that
can be used by victims of Internet scams.
Web Resources for
Depending on the statistics reviewed, auction
fraud is either an epidemic or a minor problem, but the sheer number
of fraud reports is mind-boggling.
Web scammers prey on
unsuspecting web users. The sad part is that there are no real
avenues through which one can obtain active investigation and
prosecution unless the losses exceed $10,000. Even then, it can be
very difficult to get any recourse against the scammer.
There are now independent watchdog groups such
as World Wide Scam (www.worldwidescam.com) which attempt to
expose Internet scams. Here are some other possible avenues:
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