Tonight: Cybercrime

Scams, Cons Abound On The Internet

On the Internet, there is no escaping the criminal mind.

The cons and scams that have been taking in the unsuspecting for years have found a home in cyberspace. In fact, the anonymity of the Internet has made it easier than ever for some crooks to get away with these crimes.

On Thursday, 48 Hours takes a look at several different types of cybercrime. During the hour, you will meet:

  • The Mostroms, a Midwest family that thought the Internet was the answer to their frustrating search to adopt another child. But they found themselves caught in a web of deception and fraud that shattered their dreams.
  • Aaron Bazaar, a 26-year-old computer expert who was lured to the Institute of Global Prosperity’s investment schemes by promises of seven-figure salaries. These days, he runs a Web site warning prospective investors of IGP risks.
  • Chad Collins, a 14-year-old youth who struck up an email correspondence with a 30-year-old mother of two who suffered from the same mental condition as he did. But when the relationship became more than friendly, authorities stepped in.
Watch Thursday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT

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