An Internet fraud (online scam) is the use of Internet services or software with Internet access to defraud victims or to otherwise take advantage of them; for example, by stealing personal information, which can even lead to identity theft.
Internet services can be used to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to others connected with the scheme.
"'Sarah concedes that there are suspicious elements to his story: 'When I first started talking to him,' she told Dr Phil, 'He sounded Italian now his accent's kind of changed I don't know if he's adapted to where he's at...
“He assured me that when he gets home he’s going to pay me back – every dime,” Sarah told Dr Phil.Steve says he is an accountant, and insists he is on the verge of becoming a multi-millionaire from several pending inheritance deals with overseas clients - he has sent over 8,000 to clients abroad But he is now on probation for cashing a fraudulent check that was sent to him from Africa - he was asked to cash it to help a 'client whose life was in danger' and then asked to send ,000 to five people listed.Though the mysterious man's accent has changed over time, and he keeps asking for money to be wired to various different countries, Sarah insists she is '95 per cent certain' that he is telling her the truth."He sounded Italian, now his accent's kind of changed I don't know if he's adapted to where he's at... Although Sarah has questioned whether her relationship was actually a scam, she told Dr Phil was was “95 per cent certain that Chris is telling me the truth - that this is legit". In fact, they're someone you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with.