It is hard to put a date on the time when the course of the war to deal with Internet crime took a turn for the better but I consider April 2008 to be a very significant date in Internet history.

The G20 World Leaders met in London in April 2008, to discuss policy on the shadow banking industry. It was the beginning of a period of history, which I describe as “Online Scammer’s Armageddon.” The first fruit of this liaison was the establishment of a multinational financial fraud enforcement task force, This gave people the opportunity to report financial frauds from countries other than their own.

The Bernie Madoff fraud was uncovered in the same year (December 2008) and Madoff was sentenced to a total of 150 years in prison. Madoff fraud. Shortly after that Trevor Cook was caught and sentenced to 25 years. Trevor Cook was not in the same league as Madoff but he promoted CEP Trust payment processor which was run by his associates Reed and Kimbrell to rip off small investors. Trevor Cook. Many autosurfs followed but most of the operators vanished with their investors’ money. Fortunately some were closed down by legal authorities before this could happen and those operators are languishing in jail. These included the notorious Andy Bowdoin who used religion to promote the AdsurfDaily con.

The biggest ponzi to be closed by the SEC in the post Madoff era was ZeekRewards. The wheels of justice move slowly but they do move. Zeek Rewards

Many victims of ponzi scams are too embarrassed to report anything but that does seem to be changing. It is heartening to see that people do appear to be waking up to the fact that reporting white collar crimes is helping the authorities to get results.

“The Internet Fraud Complaint Center
(IFCC)” received 49,711 complaints which were passed on to law enforcement or regulatory agencies for appropriate action between Jan and Dec 2001. The figures for the same period this year had increased to 269,422. FBI Report.

The highly respected British broadsheet newspaper (The Sunday Times) has taken a stand against a serial ponzi pimp, one Simon Stepsys and revealed how this con artist’s activities were discussed in parliament in 2001. However Stepsys continues to promote his ponzis and he is currently recruiting for his latest scam MyAdvertisingPays. The man will get caught sooner or later but we can hope that his activities will soon be curtailed.

There is a very encouraging report from the FBI news blog which was issued on Sept 9th 2015. The Justice Department in WASHINGTON announced their new policy to make the prosecution of Wall Street executives involved in financial fraud a major priority.
Washington Justice Dept . It is hard to predict how much difference this will make but the wheels of justice seem to be revving up.

The best scam busters whom I have encountered include the journalist PatrickPretty, Lynn Edgington, who is the founder and president of Eagle Research Associates and the consumer advocacy site founded by Heather Dobrott, who uses the screen name “Soapboxmum.” These sites will help readers to distinguish between genuine scam busters and those who pose as such. A few fake scam busters are porn brokers and or money launderers but the majority who use these forums and advertising boards do so to promote unsustainable ponzi or pyramid schemes. Ponzis are not money games, they are illegal.

If an offer appears too good to be true, it probably is. Consult a reliable scam busting site before even considering any offer of this nature. Make sure that the Company’s contact information is available for people to peruse and check the details before handing over any money. A good first check is to enter the url on I am delighted to see that Path2prosperity has been rated as 98% safe despite numerous attempts to destroy my online activities. There are more detailed checks for UK residents which are provided by
Citizens Advice Bureau.

These free tools are extremely effective but they are a bit like household disinfectants that kill all known germs. They do not protect you from the unknown ones. The unknown variety are the most dangerous but most can be avoided if you apply these golden rules.

1) Make sure that nobody in your household views porn. Porn is not illegal in UK but the sites bring the worst trojans and viruses in their wake. If a porn site appears on your screen, run all your diagnostics immediately. Porn merchants usually target adolescents. Warn they not to risk viewing porn on any computer in the home. Porn spells danger for computers.

Avoid MLMs like the plague. Check the credentials of those who call themselves “Internet Marketers.” They are probably spam bots. Those who are human, are highly unlikely to be marketers. They are much more likely to be people who are deliberately or inadvertently churning out mass produced, (often infected) web pages like fly blows.

Never buy leads or lead generating software. Good sales people keep their leads to themselves.

4) Take care if you use traffic exchanges. Putting a site on a traffic exchange can generate some interest in your products and services but you need to be very selective about the exchanges which you use. If a site breaks a traffic exchange frame or a porn site comes up, report it to the exchange owner immediately and run all your diagnostic tools. The only one which I ever use is TrafficG.