Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spam and viruses have been around since the beginning of the internet, but the risk online in recent years has taken a new form and reached new levels.  Marketing companies offer unbelievable promotions to email databases sold by Hotmail, Google or Facebook, and companies often sell or share your information, or even track your internet activity without your knowledge or consent.  This the day and age of data, and companies and criminals will do whatever necessary to get your personal data.  It is valuable information, and in the hands of a criminal, very valuable.

John Wallace, Director of Background Checks at Wymoo® International explains that more clients around the world are realizing the risk.  Many have become victims or know someone who has been a victim of internet fraud or scams, and they want to avoid the costly expense and trouble. "Background check investigations are becoming a wise form of insurance, and more companies and individuals are taking advantage of the service prior to engaging in international relationships.”

Governments of frequently targeted countries like the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia are making a significant effort on preventing crime and educating their citizens regarding scams and fraud risk.  However, law enforcement and private investigators agree, that the risk is simply too great, and the warning signs often change.  Criminals change their tactics regularly to avoid detection, so internet users have to stay current and know what to watch out for.  The simple fact is that it’s not always possible to know if a person or company is real.  In many cases, especially international cases, it requires the skills, training and resources of a trained investigator to verify.

Romance scam cases are still high on the list of scam types, but investigators caution that fake companies, investments, and even home improvement scams are rising.  The simple fact is, criminals will create professional looking websites, send convincing emails, and try to get to know you on professional networking, social networking, online dating sites and even email.  Their goal is to get your information, steal your money, and leave you for the next victim.

Be safe online and remember to protect your private information.  For individuals and companies you’ve found on the internet, be sure to verify with a reputable investigation company.

Best of luck,

A. Hathaway
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