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NCJ Number: 190792 Find in a Library
Title: Community Affairs Group Los Angeles Police Department Internet Crime Prevention Month Circular
Corporate Author: Los Angeles Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Los Angeles Police Dept
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sale Source: Los Angeles Police Dept
150 North Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As a means of helping Los Angeles residents to avoid crimes perpetrated with the aid of the Internet, this circular describes crimes commonly perpetrated on the Internet and suggests ways of countering them.
Abstract: Fraud can be perpetrated on the Internet, as Internet users may be enticed into spending money on fraudulent schemes advertised and perpetrated through the Internet. Pyramid schemes are often conducted through the Internet. Such schemes provide financial incentives to recruit new distributors. They are generally prohibited by law because it is a mathematical certainty that the pyramids will collapse when no new distributors can be recruited. Other crimes or nuisances common on the Internet are unsolicited commercial E-mail, online auctions, "teaser" pages (promises of easy money), and stock scams. Under a relatively new form of fraud, consumers are prompted to download a purported "viewer program" to view computer images for free. Once downloaded, the consumer's computer is "hijacked" by the viewer program, which turns off the user's modem speakers, disconnects the computer from the local Internet provider, dials an international number, and connects the consumer to a remote site. The expensive international costs are charged to the consumer's telephone bill until the telephone is turned off. Crimes through the Internet can stem from high pressure sales, gambling, and child exploitation through E-mail contacts between child users and predators. Twenty-one detailed recommendations are outlined for preventing the latter crime, including parental controls and parental instructions to children in Internet use.
Main Term(s): Police crime-prevention
Index Term(s): California; Child Sexual Abuse; Computer related crime; Crime specific countermeasures; Fraud; Fraud and abuse prevention measures; Juvenile victims
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