While I was checking the weather via the internet last night, I saw a banner ad for FakeChecks.org (click here), which turns out to be an anti-check fraud website sponsored by the National Consumers League . Check fraud has been around almost as long as checks themselves (I am sure it took a week or two for someone to try to steal cash using the newly invented check… 😉 ), but the anonymity and long distance communications capabilities provided by the Internet are reviving old scams and creating new ones.
A key component in a lot of fraud and scams is Social Engineering of one kind or another. Social Engineering is also a a huge threat to Information Security controls of all kinds. The tool to combat it is user awareness. I applaud FakeChecks.org for their efforts.