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.
contributed, listing the top 10 online scams (see www.ftc.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.