web cramming

web cramming

(World-Wide Web, legal)
Any kind of fraudulent charges made to the telephone account of the victim, typically a small business or non-profit group, e.g. while claiming to provide web design or hosting for little or no charge.

["Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime": Marjie T. Britz].

Web cramming

An offer to start Internet access if you cash the check you just received in the mail. However, this scheme generally binds you to a contract you did not expect, such as a long-term agreement with severe penalties for withdrawing. As always... read the fine print! See dot-con.
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gov/dotcons for a complete listing and explanation of these scams as well as consumer advice on how to avoid them) that included auction fraud, service provider scams, Web cramming, work-at-home scares, get-rich schemes, travel and vacation fraud, and health-care fraud.
Rounding out the top ten ploys are: Internet access service frauds (traps in which someone cashes a promotional check and unknowingly gets locked into long-term contracts with an Internet access service); credit card fraud; international modem dialing (users are offered free access to adult material by downloading a "viewer," and their modem is secretly disconnected and they are reconnected to the Internet through an international long-distance number); Web cramming (consumers get charged for their own Web site even though they've never accepted the offer); multilevel marketing plans/pyramid schemes; travel scams; bogus business opportunities; investments; and fraudulent healthcare products and services.
The effort targets the top 10 online scams: auction fraud, Internet service provider scams, Web cramming, pyramid scams, work-at-home scams, investment scams, travel fraud, telephone fraud, and health care fraud.