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Some top 10 tips for buying on the internet ! !!
1. Don't hand over valuable card or bank account information to the fraudster.
Fraudsters target cards and card details so try not to let them out of your sight. Don't give away your PINs or bank passwords to cold callers or in response to unsolicited emails - often known as phishing scams.
2. Only ever use a protected computer.
Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed. Visit www . getsafeonline .org .uk for more information.
3. Keep your cards and card details safe in the real world.
Most Internet fraud happens because card details are stolen in the real world and used online, so keep them safe at all times.
4. Sign up whenever you are given the option whilst shopping online to Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode (Increasingly when you go to pay online with your card you will be given the option of signing up to these schemes that involve you using a password. By signing up you will prevent a fraudster using your card details on participating sites as they will not know your password.
5. Only shop at secure websites.
Ensure that the security icon – the locked padlock or unbroken key symbol – is showing in the bottom of your browser window before sending your card details. The beginning of the retailer's Internet address will change from “http” to “https” when a purchase is made using a secure connection.
6. Make sure your browser is set to the highest level of security notification and monitoring.
The safety options are not always activated by default when you install your computer. The most popular browsers include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. Check that you're using a recent version – you can usually download the latest version from these browsers' websites.
7. Always check your statements.
Check statements as soon as you receive them. If you find a transaction on your statement that you did not make, contact your bank or card company immediately. Tear up, or preferably shred, any documents that contain information relating to your financial affairs.
8. Consider using an Internet-only card.
If you regularly make transactions over the Internet consider opening a separate credit card account specifically for these transactions. This would enable you to monitor transactions at a glance and credit cards offer additional consumer protection should anything go wrong.
9. Print out your order.
When shopping online make sure you get a hard copy of both your order form and the retailer's terms and conditions. When buying from overseas remember that it may be
10 . Do not be tempted to trade with someone who contacts you and invites you to trade off the internet auction site. Fraudsters try to lure bidders off legitimate auction sites by offering to sell the 'same' item for the same or a lower price. But if you buy off-site, you lose any protections the site may provide. A significant proportion of internet auction fraud occurs this way.
difficult to seek redress if problems arise, but having all the relevant information will help your bank or building society take up the case if you have any problems.
More info help and what to look out for
Selling goods via Amazon, e-Bay etc.? The criminals will mail you in this manner:
"GOOD DAY, i am interested in the immidiate ? purchase of this item and I will be making payment right away,i shall also be ready to pay you $600.00 or £300 through INTERNATIONAL MONEYGRAM OR WESTERN UNION AUCTION PAYMENT i will like to ask if you would be able to ship as soon as payment is confirmed and approved by MONEYGRAM this is due to the fact that its demand is high in my store and so i will want to complete the transaction in a very timely manner. if you can do this, email me with your name, contact address and your phone number so that i can proceed with payment right away. let me quickly say that i will prefer shipment with FEDEX OR ROYALMAIL as i will be sending this unit to west africa somewere in lagos nigeria 23401, i will be expecting your reply. henry jame, "
Shippers? Some of the criminals have been posing as:
GLOBAL SHIPPERS and GLOBAL SHIPPING AGENCY, of 10 Trehusrt ? Str., Hackney - London, UK, E5 0EB and using the names MICHAEL BENSON, Lenny Barnes and Anna Fedde and the address globalshipper @ deliveryman .com
Look out for mail like this: i have interest in ur room,i'm young lady of 25 yrs.i work as a tourist,and im presently in west africa i came here for business tourims.but i will be returning to the state in 2 wks. i will be moving in as soon as i make payment.i will be paying month to month for the room.im clean,honest,sincere.i like going to beach,cinema.i dont smoke neither drink.u will enjoy my stay with u.
concerning the payment i will be sending you a certified check of $4500 .pls when u get it, deduct ur 1st month and deposit from it . And u will huv to send the balance to my travel agent for payment of my flight ticket back to the state. kindly send your full name and adress( and phn number )where the payment will be send to asap. riter Sherry
If you see the word "escrow" you need to be very cautious. The criminals are increasingly using fake "escrow" companies in their scams. The victim is sent official looking mail assuring him that a transaction is safe because of the involvement of an escrow service. Another term widely used is "dropshipping". This scam involves a supposed trade in consumer electronics etc. If you are asked to become an agent for a "dropshipper", you could well be a target of the fraudsters.
UK fake bank drafts.
"The Organised Vehicle Crime Section of NCIS advises that Lithuanian gangs are responding to private ads in the specialist press and purchasing cars using high quality forged bankers' drafts. By the time the forgery is recognised, usually two to three days later during the clearing phase, the car has been released. The car is either taken back to Lithuania, or immediately sold to second hand Car Dealers in the UK, often accompanied with forged documentation. Typically, gang members will not identify themselves as Lithuanian, but pose as Scandinavian or West European nationals. They tend to buy medium range value cars in the 10k - 15K bracket. Areas affected include London, Suffolk, Nottinghamshire, Wiltshire, Kent, Hampshire and Surrey. NCIS advises vehicle sellers to wait four to five days - until the draft is fully cleared, before releasing vehicles."
Ebay fake emails
Thank you for contacting eBay's Customer Support team! We verified all the details of this transaction and we concluded that they are accurate. Our verifications confirm seller's contact info and his ability to deliver the merchandise advertised on our site. There is a limited group of sellers on ebay which we can recommend an “noonooelagib” is one of them. Please follow our instructions to complete the transaction safely.
Seller: noonooelagib (seller email )
Seller information: Kevin Knowles, Michalacopoulou 50, Athens 11528, Greece
Current location: Greece. Item title: 2003 BMW 320 D Sport. Total price : £4,000.00. Shipping: Samskip Insured. ... Payment must be sent by: Western Union Money Transfer.... Currently, this seller has a £20,000.00 deposit in an eBay managed purchase protection account... Western Union Money Transfer is designed mainly for sending cash to friends and family in need, so telling them you are sending the money to an eBay seller will prevent your money transfer to go through and you will be unable to complete this transaction.... The account is managed by eBay's SquareTrade center. This transaction is supervised by eBay's SafeHarbor team. "
Also, look out for mail like this:
"Western Union ® Auction Payments hereby congratulate you and at the same time informing you once again that the ®Money OrderSM sent to you from
"Mark Cole"has been Approved.®Money OrderSM: £250, ... NOTE THAT THE MONEY ORDER WILL NOT GET TO YOUR RESIDENT ? UNTIL THE SHIPMENT TRACKING NUMBER IS SENT TO OUR CUSTOMER SERVICES FOR SHIPMENT VERIFICATION. PLEASE EMAIL THE SHIPPMENT ? TRACKING NUMBER TO OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE @: ( auctionbipay @ auctionbidpay . com ) ... Sincerely,
Western Union AuctionPayments."
Despite the false European sounding names and false addresses in London and Amsterdam, most of the criminally inspired junk mail you will receive will be from Nigerians. Nigeria, in West Africa, is the world's 8th largest petroleum exporter, the world capital of child trafficking (UN report, 2004) and the centre of a huge criminal web. According to a July '05 report in the Christian Science Monitor, "According to the World Bank, corruption has meant that 80 percent of Nigeria's oil and gas revenues goes to 1 percent of the population, while 70 percent of the country's 133 million people still live on less than $1 a day". The "you are a lottery winner" is still their favourite approach but they will also target small Web businesses, placing orders with stolen credit cards. Traders soon find that they are charged back by the card company, but only after they have sent goods to Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, for example. (If you have recently reported such a fraud to the Nigerian authorities, I would like to hear from you. The criminals will sometimes ask for payment to bank accounts. I am especially interested to know details of these and will pass along relevant information to the appropriate agencies.) Note: it would be wrong to tar all Nigerians with the same brush. As far as I can tell, the Muslims of the north are innocent of Internet fraud. The offenders seem mainly to be from the south of the country and their base seems to be Lagos. (Opinions vary as to whether members of the Yoruba or the Igbo tribes are the worst offenders.) Population numbers are unknown but Lagos is thought to be the second largest city in the world, after Mexico City.
Fraud mail has been sent via facilities at: ERONET INTERNET CAFE, 32, AWOLOWO AVENUE, IBADAN, Nigeria.
If you are selling a car on the Web
Ttake care. The criminals are likely to make you an offer! They will send you stolen or forged cheques. You will spot some strange requests for shipping and payment. Let the writer know if you are in doubt, but a request for movement of funds via Western Union will strongly indicate a fraud attempt .
They are also pretending to represent the Nigerian ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (with a Yahoo address!) ifcc _ fbi @ yahoo . com ) Plot 1017 & 1018 Custom Close Off Adetokunbo Ademola crescent, Wuse II, Abuja. Ijele Mbarega, Ray Paulson, AMBRO BANK PLC LONDON, Dr Greag Owo, No 26 Rodhes crecent (2nd-floor) Dakar,Senegal, DANIEL BUBA.