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INTERNATIONAL EFFORT FINDS MORE THAN 1,600 SCAM AND FRAUD SITES

Source: Internet World News

Posted on March 26, 2000

      The Federal Trade Commission said Friday that a worldwide sweep targeting phony get-rich-quick schemes on the Web turned up more than 1,600 scams.

      The international law enforcement project was undertaken by 150 organizations in 28 countries, including 7 federal agencies, and 49 state and local consumer protection agencies. "Internet con artists are bad actors without borders," said Jodie Bernstein, director of the FTC's bureau of consumer protection. "We want them to know that the borderless Internet marketplace is not a free zone." Warning e-mails have been sent to targeted sites.

      The project, called GetRichQuick.con, was conducted in late February. Organizations such as the Hong Kong Consumer Council and University of Texas Law School surfed the Net looking for phony work-at-home offers, pyramid schemes, and illegal lotteries. Partners for the international effort were recruited via e-mail, and a manual for conducting the search and collecting evidence was posted on a password-protected Web site. Information was then submitted to a database in Washington, D.C.

      Bernstein said the project represents the largest international law enforcement endeavor against Internet fraud to date.




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