In this wiki site we look at some of the issues many people are facing with 'Website Theft and Fraud'.
Website theft and fraud is often achieved by creating a webpage, which looks the same as the legitimate website. Users assume that the website they are on is a safe and secure one and so carry on to enter their details if asked for in cases where they purchase items etc. Website fraud is another way in which illegal activity takes place. For example: DVD scams, Free samples deliveries – all asking for personal details that may be used to acquire bank account information of the individual users.
The theft Act 1968 s1 (1) defines theft:
- “A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.”
Therefore, a person who dishonestly takes your credit card details for example would be committing theft as the your details are said to be your property and by not providing you with the service they have deprived you of your money and so would be guilty. Furthermore, under the Fraud Act 2006 (enforced 15th Jan 2007) it is stated that fraud take place under false representation as well.
In this wiki we will discuss the following:
- Common examples of Web Theft and Fraud.
- How to identify fake websites and scams.
- Staying safe on the internet when giving your personal details.
- How people are affected by this criminal activity.