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Monday, 28 November 2011

Online Victimization

                                                     ONLINE VICTIMIZATION
People may be victimized online in many ways:

Threats or other offensive behaviour sent online to the youth or posted online about the youth for others to see.

Sexual solicitation:
Requests to engage in sexual activities and talk or give personal sexual information. This becomes aggressive with continued requests for offline contact with the perpetrator through regular mail, by telephone, or in person.

Unwanted exposure to sexual material:
Without seeking or expecting sexual material while searching/surfing the web, accessing email/links or instant messages. These become distressing incidents only when and where the youth rate themselves as extremely upset of afraid as a result of the incident.

Lottery Scam

                                                              Lottery Scam

                            "You have won!" a large sum of money in a lottery, can excite many; although the recipient may have never bough a ticket to participate. Further in this scam comes the depositing of the "processing fees" or "transfer charges" so that the winnings can be distributed; but will never receive any lottery payment.
Many email lottery scams use the names of legitimate lottery organizations or other legitimate corporation/companies, without their involvement. There are several ways to recognize a fake lottery email:

  • Unless someone has bought a ticket, they cannot have won prize.
  • The real lottery system does not charge a fee, but would subtract it from the prize, while the scammer will ask the victim to pay a fee before they can receive their prize.
  • Scam lottery emails will nearly always come from free email accounts such as Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, Gmail etc.


Chain emails

                                                            Chain emails
A chain email is an email with a request to send on to all contacts some promising to bring good luck and others of contribution to charity, if passed on. Not passing them forward and deleting them on realization is the best way to ward off any further ramifications.

Saturday, 26 November 2011


Spam are emails sent to a large number of email addresses; mostly consisting of advertisements of illegal products, scams and pornography. It is against the law to market material by email with-out the consent of the receiver. Spam, especially if it has an attachment; may contain a virus that can damage the computer. Deleting and not responding to such an email will remove you from their mailing list; otherwise it leads to more spam.

Identity Fraud

                                                           Identity Fraud

Identity Fraud is where someone steals personal details to con another out of money. Sharing personal details without discretion may result in purchases or withdrawal of funds without the person's knowledge or consent. Disclosing credit card number or bank account information on the internet is therefore discouraged.