Online Financial Frauds - Recovery and Forensic

Online Financial Frauds

Online financial frauds are one of the most popular terms in cyber crime activity. Several financial organizations have revealed that these kinds of cyber financial fraud attempts by the criminals is just to get banking log-on and/or credit/debit card details from their customers by getting them to disclose their personal and banking security details.

There are various ways for financial frauds where the criminal attracts the user to give their credentials without having any knowledge.

PHISHING E-MAILS

Phishing basic means is that when anyone tries to trick you by providing the attractive stuff. So here it’s a kind of same meaning of Phishing where e-mails that claim to be from your bank or other financial organizations but are actually sent to you by fraudsters. These e-mails typically urge you to click on a link that takes you to a fake website which is often identical to the one you would expect to see. You are then asked to verify or update your personal security information. The fraudster who has created the fake website will then have your security and other personal information. A genuine organization will never send you this type of e-mail. These e-mails aren’t normally addressed to you by name; they are sent to millions of recipients in the hope that some will respond. The aim of the e-mail is to trick you into providing your details.

This practice is likely to be an increasing menace and you are advised to: Not go to any website and input any password or other banking details as a direct result of an e-mail request; banking details includes credit/debit card and PIN numbers requested via e-mail. Your financial institution will never send you e-mail asking you to update your security; it will never ask you to confirm your log-in or security password information by clicking on a link in an e-mail, or visiting a website.

TROJANS

Trojans are usually received in e-mails that may contain files, pages or attachments to open. Once opened, they can secretly install a program that can monitor your online activity, down to what keys you’re pushing on your keyboard. This could mean the next time you enter your credit/debit card details on your favourite on line shop, the fraudsters would be alerted.

INCOME E-MAIL SCAM

One of the many scams around involves someone offering, via an e-mail or website; to pay funds into your account on the understanding you then transfer them overseas. In return, you supposedly get a Commission. Some of these want an upfront deposit; once you have paid, you will never hear anything again and more likely than not have lost your money. Many of these scams also involve the proceeds of fraud and you should ignore the request. Any customer that participates may well become involved in a police investigation and we could close any account involved in this scam. The golden rule for all of these e-mails is that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is a con.

If you want to protect yourself from these kinds of frauds it is very necessary update your computer system security from time to time.

Tips for Avoiding Internet Auction Fraud:

  • Understand as much as possible about how the auction works, what your obligations are as a buyer, and what the seller’s obligations are before you bid.
  • Find out what actions the website/company takes if a problem occurs and consider insuring the transaction and shipment.
  • Learn as much as possible about the seller, especially if the only information you have is an e-mail address. If it is a business, check the Better Business Bureau where the seller/business is located.
  • Examine the feedback on the seller.
  • Determine what method of payment the seller is asking from the buyer and where he/she is asking to send payment.
  • If possible, purchase items online using your credit card, because you can often dispute the charges if something goes wrong.
  • Be cautious when dealing with sellers outside the United States. If a problem occurs with the auction transaction, it could be much more difficult to rectify.
  • Ask the seller about when delivery can be expected and whether the merchandise is covered by a warranty or can be exchanged if there is a problem.
  • Make sure there are no unexpected costs, including whether shipping and handling is included in the auction price.
  • There should be no reason to give out your social security number or driver’s license number to the seller.

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