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Internet Crime The Wave of the Future Not only has the Internet revolutionized the way we communicate entertain and learn it has forever changed the way we shop socialize and conduct business An estimated 144 million Americans are plugged into cyberspace and thousands more enter the online world every day Even if youre not wired youve heard the buzz billions of dollars in E-commerce E-books changing the way we read and fabulous music libraries acquired for nothing thanks to Napster and its clones The popular image of the WWW is one of earnest geeks and capitalist kids gulping a Starbucks as they sling code That icon masks something that until recently could only be called the online worlds dirty little secret and possibly the biggest threat to modern society Not only is the web a city filled with endless things to do and sights to see like any city it comes with its share of dark threatening alleys where not even the most eager explorer would want to end up Pornographers and pedophiles on the web sadly are nothing new But because the Internet is so vast and uncharted the full scope of its dark side has never been fully explored And the amount of bad stuff out there is truly staggering rigged auctions viruses adoption scams credit card fraud and identity theft to name a few The Internet offers several advantages to con artists One is anonymity There are no face-to-face encounters Neither the perpetrator nor the victim can see the other hear the others voice or know the others age or sex Consequently there are no cues like there would be in a person-to-person context and no chance smell something fishy Moreover the very process of interacting on the Internet including the informal code of behavior called netiquette seems to lower consumers guard Most people
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