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Internet Fraud Casebook by Joseph T. Wells

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Glossary

advance-fee fraud

a type of confidence fraud in which a victim is persuaded to provide a fraudster with money in advance of earning more significant funds. Common advance-fee frauds include Nigerian 419, black-money and inheritance scams.

auction Web site

a business model in which potential buyers bid on items for sale online

back door

a program that creates an opening on a computer to remotely access files without the owner's knowledge

BIOS (basic input/output system)

software that permanently resides on a computer's memory and is designed to be among the first steps taken when a computer boots up. It tells a computer how it is configured and how its various components should interact. Such software is often referred to as firmware.

blog

a Web site, usually maintained by an individual, that is updated regularly with commentary, personal information, video or photos. Also known as a weblog.

bot

a single computer that has been infected with malware and forms one part of a network known as a botnet

botnet

a group of bots that are infected with malware and controlled by a different and often remote computer, known as a herder, to perform specific coordinated tasks

broadband telephony

see VoIP

carder

an individual who is an expert at using stolen credit card and other personal information to obtain fraudulent wire transfers

confidence and consumer fraud

an online fraud in which the perpetrator breaches the victim's trust to cause a financial loss. Common confidence and consumer scams include ...

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