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Internet and Email Fraud

- Using e-mails you have received or Internet sources, find an example of an attempt to commit fraud or to steal your personal data.

- Describe the e-mail and identify what crime is being attempted and how you are able to identify the e-mail as fraud or identity theft.

- Are there any other crimes that are commonly perpetrated through the use of e-mail and Internet communication?

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Snopes can give you many examples of emails that are attempts to gain personal information from recipients. Here is a Nigerian email letter from snopes.com: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/advancefee/nigeria.asp

The site has thousands (perhaps more) of scams, fake emails, and the like that people have reported. I get emails all the time from Chase Bank, Paypal, and similar sites where the perpetrators are attempting to have me log on to their site and provide social security numbers, bank ...

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- Using e-mails you have received or Internet sources, find an example of an attempt to commit fraud or to steal your personal data.

- Describe the e-mail and identify what crime is being attempted and how you are able to identify the e-mail as fraud or identity theft.

- Are there any other crimes that are commonly perpetrated through the use of e-mail and Internet communication?

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