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Beware of Free E-mail Address for E-store Orders
October 20, 2005: You should be scared of spam-bots missions that complete orders with free e-mail account addresses this Halloween.
Products in your estore are at risk
and 'Free Email Accounts' are often an indicator. Free email accounts
are often used in fraudulent activity such as stolen credit cards, bank
accounts and company credit information.
Fact: Not all orders from free email accounts are fraudulent. But, fraudulent emails, overwhelmingly come from 'Free Email Accounts' .
'Free Email Accounts' have been
such a problem with business to business sites that many B to B
websites won't accept free email accounts to transact business.
At minimum: Verify that the email address really goes to the intended recipient of the product ordered. This will at least assure you that you are taking to a real person and not a 'bot' running 'scripts' on your estore or product inquiry form.
There are over 1 billion malicious 'bots' on the web that do nothing but deliver spam services to every email and website order form findable on the internet.
Here's why: An unscrupulous programmer who asked not to be identified explained the logic behind the huge influx of spam: "When I create one bot, it goes on a mission 24-7. That bot will find at least one thing to exploit every hour of every day. I don't just make one bot and neither do my friends."
Bottom line: Verify before working a lead or shipping a product. It could be worse than a waste of time.
About the author:
John Beagle writes computer related articles for clients of Xponex Web and Media Services. http://www.Xponex.com
Client: Tech Special Forces - Help for all your complex corporate projects like new company offices, war rooms, disaster recovery and computer training rooms. http://www.TechSpecialForces.com