A CDE Definition
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.
A scam on the Internet. The Internet offers crooks and zealous marketers a wealth of opportunities to express their creativity. For example, people sell merchandise through online auctions that is not the quality advertised. There are countless products offered via spam, popup ads and ordinary websites that have prices "too good to be true."
Any site claiming to need your credit card for verification, such as to check your age, is suspect. It might be legitimate, but the real purpose may be to steal your card number. Also be wary of a site that requires a special download to view it.
It's Easy to Fake a Website
Anybody can create a fake website using pages from a legitimate one. The Web browser makes it a snap to copy pages from any site, which means the most official looking site can be a dot-con. One easy way to tell is to look at the URL address. For example, if the page is supposedly coming from HP, but instead of a www.hp.com address, the URL is something else, beware!
Read the Fine Print
No different than receiving junk mail from the post office, read the fine print carefully on any Web page offering a deal that sounds extraordinary. See Web cramming.
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