Internet Fraud

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Philip A. Agre says that, “Computer networks have a tremendous capacity... to bring people together by extending the already diverse and complex ties that people have among themselves.” The Internet technology connects almost everyone, but it also has its complications. This paper focuses on one main problem Internet users may encounter. It is limited through certain books, dictionaries, and internet sources that are accessible. The writer used books for facts and figures, dictionaries for descriptive purposes, and credible online sources such as the United States Department of Justice website.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s there were only a few and small communities using the Internet. Less than a million people were in the “online world”. Today, the Internet has become a very significant part of life for most people, especially in industrialized countries. There are now over 50 million people online. All kinds of information are available through the Internet at less cost or no cost at all. The Internet provides facts and ideas that are useful for the society, but the Internet is also a tool for fraud.

The Internet “is a system of linked computer networks, worldwide in scope that facilities data communication services such as remote login, file transfer, electronic mail, and news group. The Internet is a ways of connecting existing computer networks that greatly extends the reach of each participating system”.

Anyone can search the Internet through search engines and websites. A search engine is a program wherein you can just type in the keyword of the subject matter and you will get a list of websites having the information you need. Yahoo and Google are examples of a search engines.

On the other hand, a website is a “group of related HTML documents and associated files, scripts, and databases” that is presented through text, images, buttons and links. Through these Internet applications anyone can use the Internet with ease.

The Internet has become a very significant part of life for most people in advanced countries. All kinds of information and resources are made available at no cost by the Internet. The Internet provides facts and ideas that are useful for our society. It enables people to gather information for all sorts of uses. There are many types of data available through the Internet. It ranges from every idea known to man, ranging from academic aid and assistance, government laws and services, trade fairs and conferences, market information, new ideas and technical support.

One often used application of the Internet is the e-mail, truncated from the word electronic mail. Anyone can be able to compose, send, forward, store, and receive messages over the Internet, provided an e-mail account. E-mail is fast and reliable, making people communicate faster and with convenience. E-mail enables people from all parts of the globe send mails through the Internet.

The Internet is a great way to meet up with different communities of similar interest and discuss common issues. Individuals and groups all over the world have gotten together on the Internet to explore mutual interests. McDorman says that, “environmental and political causes, entertainment, pets, sports, leisure activities, the arts, and the sciences are just some of the popular topics updated on the Internet.” The Internet aids for the construction, sharing and evaluation of ideas.

The Internet is a very effective way to buy and sell products all over the world. It is for that reason why business companies have moved into the Internet. The Internet serves as an excellent tool for the business industry or e-commerce, allowing them to effortlessly and inexpensively advertise their product. The business industry relies on communication between individuals who are physically remote from one another. Participating in a person to audience meeting can be time consuming and expensive, but through the Internet,...
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