Some fraudsters are so blatant! In an article a few months back, a seemingly unapologetic scammer appeared to nonchalantly continue selling rooms at some of the most beautiful views on the islands of the Aegean sea. Eventhough they are not authorized nor have any dealings with that establishment!
Not only did they stole from the identity of the genuine sites, they also set up pay for clicks with Google! Yeah the link has been discontinued since the discovery of this fraud, but that tells you that even Google can be duped. Can you imagine the
disappointment horror of the folks who turned up only to be told there wasn’t a reservation made? Not only did one suffer monetary loss, one’s holiday would also be ruined!
This brings us to the point of our post.
With the internet, individuals are empowered to start businesses online without the need for brick and mortar presence. The very same versatility employed by well meaning folks can also be exploited by criminally minded individuals and groups for fiendish ends. Think about it. In the paragraphs of the above example, not only have victims lost money and holiday time, they have “lost” personal and confidential information too, such as credit card(s), contact details etc. The same identity theft of a business can also extend to fraud committed in your name.
Sure would not like receive a subpoena in your letterbox!
Like its cousin fake news, such fake travel sites are the scourge of the internet. Have you been affected by such sites before? How do you think this form of fraud can be prevented?