- Online fraud is the use of networks to steal information and commit crimes, most often involving identity theft.
- Online fraud can be used to fool people into handing over money or personal details through a variety of methods.
Online fraud can use sophisticated technology like viruses or spyware to gain information about a user, or simply trick them into giving out details using a phishing scam. Online fraudsters will use data to hijack accounts. Other fraud involves manipulating a target through online dating or offers of "get rich quick" schemes in order for them to pass funds to the fraudster.
To protect against online fraud, users should be vigilant. The best protection for online fraud is common sense, and an understanding of the technologies behind the Internet.