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Online Frauds Rising on the Royal Cayman Islands

The Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) has claimed that web scams are bothering them.

Recently, the RCIPS has issued many releases about reports of web scams on the Islands.

Henderson Hunte, Detective Chief Inspector, FCU, claims that web scams are the most rampant crime that the FCU is currently dealing with. The Detective also said - they have got reports of scam artists targeting individual systems and stealing personal details for committing nefarious acts, as per the news by CAYMAN NET NEWS on October 9, 2009.

Victims are usually lured by e-mails claiming that they have won some money or that they are the recipients of some legacy. Then, they use the stolen private e-mail address of the individual for sending e-mails looking for monetary support under false pretenses.

The Police informed that such crimes were tough to cope with due to lack of evidences. Moreover, it is hard to collect evidences in such cases as most of the people are out of the jurisdiction.

Henderson also indicates that the evidences are usually tough to come by because of the private contractual agreements between web providers and clients.

Several phishing e-mail scams have been circulating in the area for a long time, and e-mail and web swindles are on the rise. Besides, since they come in numerous diverse forms, it is sometime hard to differentiate authentic communication from forged ones.

In the first week of October 2009, the RCIPS suggested residents to be careful when getting doubtful and uninvited scam mails.

Fiona Gallegos, Acting RCIPS Public Relations Officer, stated that the forged e-mails were circulating on the island's web. These had their origin in China and were titled 'Temporary Employment Offer', for a company known as Wanlida Shoes Co. Ltd, but they were scam, as per the news by ITTMCNET on October 2, 2009.

In addition, security experts have suggested that if anyone gets attachment with unsolicited e-mails, then they should scan it before opening it. It could be a virus or Trojan horse or even worse ones installed on the computer.

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