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Web Stalkers
Chapter 7 -
Internet Scams

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 Scam Victims

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 ( which attempt to expose Internet scams. Here are some other possible avenues:

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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