Monday, August 4, 2008

The bad guys win again!

Seems like a few people have been fleeced of their money via a bogus Olympic ticketing web site.


 As you can see www.beijingticketing.com looks very professional and there really isn’t much to give it away as being a scam. A story in the Sydney Morning Herald gives you some of the dollar figures for people who have been fleeced, and it ain’t small money!

This again demonstrates how sophisticated the bad guys are becoming in the quest to part you from your money. There is no simply solution to overcoming this issue because if you can fool the human at the keyboard you are well on your way to payday.

I know hindsight is 20/20 but if you read the About us page you do find some grammar issues like:

“We are special for providing sold out event tickets in very economical prices.”

and

“For being in the ticket market since a long time we have become very popular in football fans and music lovers”

Now I admit that bad grammar on a sophisticated web site does warrant concern but I don’t think it would have mattered in this case. Simply because most people would have been taken in by the professional look of the web site and secondly most would not have bothered to check the About page. Finally, grammar issues could have been put down to the site being converted from Chinese (maybe).

So all in all a very hard one for even the most vigilant computer user to pick. I suppose the only adage that can be applied is “if it seems to good to be true, then chances are it is”.

Bad guys 2 – Internet users 0