Authenticity Over Internet

Authenticity of any thing nowadays is important. What you see, might not be what you get. Sometimes you look at a product online and want to buy, it might not be genuine and you might get the replica (fake) version of the product but how can you be so sure that what you have is real or what is not. Firms like PayPal can only make sure that there is no fraud with your money, but its certainly does not mean that the product is genuine or the website was authentic.

This Article from the BBC with a title of Net Card Frauds ‘Underestimated’ talks about how criminals are targeting people online for credit and debit cards fraud and how it is underestimated in the UK. Banks show card details lost from phone, internet or mail order crime totalled £290.5m in 2007. However a BBC investigation suggests that if the failed attempts had been successful, the total could have been around £500m.
Another BBC investigation showed how easy it was to obtain credit and debit card details over the internet. These two journalist, posing as computer hackers, started selling thousands of stolen card details, which had been stolen from small internet retailers. When the cards were used, they were able to track these transactions back to some of the addresses in the UK, and this information had been handed over to the police who are looking into this issue.
Through this example we are able to see how easy it is to get access of anyone’s information over the internet and how it can be used. Most of the online criminals, buy things like Laptops,  Sat-Nav and PDAs and try to sell locally or internationally for a higher price. There is no sense of safety, privacy or authenticity when it comes to some of the websites on the internet. You do not know whether the website is genuine and you do not know if your personal information is safe. Everyone is at a risk of fraud over the internet.
Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7362055.stm
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