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Cleanup and rewrite
I plan on making a cleanup and rewrite of this article. Please ping me if there is any interest, questions or comments.
There should be more information about how big internet fraud is. There should also be a section over social media fraud with statistics about how many ads or fake profiles are fraudulent. I plan on adding the following information about social media and how it correlates to internet fraud, **please comment**: Students tend to disclose more personal information about themselves (e.g. birthday, e-mail, address, hometown and relationship status) in their social networking profiles (Hew 2011). This is information for people to get their identities stolen. The problem of authenticity in online reviews is a long-standing and stubborn one. In one famous incident back in 2004, Amazon’s Canadian site accidentally revealed the true identities of thousands of its previously anonymous U.S. book reviewers. One insight the mistake revealed was that many authors were using fake names in order to give their own books favorable reviews (Kugler 1). This would help out catching frauds because according to a recent study by BrightLocal (http://selnd.com/1xzy0Xb), 88% of U.S. consumers read online reviews “to determine whether a local business is a good business” at least occasionally—39% do so regularly. Also, 72% say positive reviews lead them to trust a business more, while 88% say that in “the right circumstances,” they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations (Kugler 1). While scammers are increasingly taking advantage of the power of social media to conduct criminal activity, astute risk managers and their insurance companies are also finding ways to leverage social media information as a tool to combat insurance fraud (Wilson 2017) For example, an injured worker was out of work on a workers compensation claim but could not resist playing a contact sport on a local semi-professional sports team. Through social media and internet searches, investigators discovered that the worker was listed on the team roster and was playing very well (Wilson 2017).Mvhayvh (talk) 06:25, 27 February 2018 (UTC)Mvhayvh
- Hello Mvhayvh! I think that identity fraud in social media does merit discussion, so I hope your project goes well. Here are some preliminary thoughts:
- I am not sure if the information would be best presented in a block paragraph. As it is, the paragraph jumps from the topic of identity fraud to fake online reviews to the counter-use of social media to identify fraud. Perhaps it would be better to separate these points and discuss them each in more detail. For example, the first point about identity fraud might need more explaining since its relevance into the next point is not immediately clear. Students were not the only ones affected by the Amazon breach, so you'd have to add something about revealing personal information in general or discuss the relevance of your second point to students (they're more vulnerable to this, etc.?). Perhaps moving the third sentence or adding an orienting sentence to explain the link between Internet identity theft and fraud would work better.
- There are some areas where the wording and punctuation could be touched up (e.g., adding a period after the Wilson 2017 ref, changing "help out catching frauds" → "help (out) with catching frauds"?).
- For future reference, be careful with the use of words like "astute" and "famous" (it is very easy for them to become non-neutral in tone), and be careful to avoid WP:SYNTH of sources.
- Minor note: see also MOS:CQ (use straight quotes instead of curly), WP:LQ, and WP:EL (regarding use of external links in body text).
- Good luck with your project. Hopefully more editors will come and give their thoughts as well. Me, Myself & I (☮) (talk) 22:43, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
Gambling fraud section is empty PR
Currently the section on gambling fraud says nothing substantive about fraud, in a page about internet fraud. It reads like some kind of PR dodge or promotional material instead.
Unlike the other kinds of internet fraud described on this page, the part about gambling fraud doesn't actually explain any way that fraud is performed.
"Internet gambling has become a $15 million industry."
-- Hardly relevant. Compare to, say, the section on ticket fraud, where we don't hear how large the market for online ticket sales is, because that's not really important.
"Every online casino needs an operation license to conduct their business, and the operators may lose their license or even face imprisonment if they do not follow the regulations."
-- This sentence seems to achieve nothing except to try to disassociate online casinos from illegal activity. We all know that fraud is illegal. How does it apply to online gambling?
"Online casinos have become an extremely lucrative as well as competitive industry, with operators introducing new promotions on a daily basis. Promotional activities include attractive bonuses, prize money, jackpots and other offers aimed at making patrons' online casino experience as memorable as possible."
-- After returning to the pointless bragging, this literally advertises for online gambling! This has NOTHING to do with the topic of the page (fraud). Why should I care what promotions they offer or why, unless it is tied directly to internet fraud?
"Having a secure software like a 128-bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption is important."
-- Sure, but is online gambling fraud about that? Does it normally involve someone subverting SSL or something else? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Objectioner (talk • contribs) 17:14, 16 March 2020 (UTC)