Cybercrime and Society provides a clear, systematic, and critical introduction to current debates about cybercrime. It locates the phenomenon in the wider contexts of social, political, cultural, and economic change. It is the first book to draw upon perspectives spanning criminology, sociology, law, politics, and cultural studies to examine the whole range of cybercrime issues.
Chapter Five: Cyber-Frauds, Scams and Cons
Cyber-Frauds, Scams and Cons
Chapter 5 examines the following issues:
- the nature and extent of online frauds;
- the various forms taken by frauds, such as auction fraud, advanced fee frauds, and website spoofing;
- the ways in which the move to the Internet proves advantageous for fraudsters and presents problems for law enforcement and policing;
- the emerging strategies for combating Internet-fraud, along with their limitations
Gottfredson and Hirschi (1990) make a valuable distinction between crimes according to the means by which they are perpetrated – while some crimes resort to force (for ...