Posts tagged with 'merchants'
Last Friday, the New York Times detailed the antics of a gentleman who
may be a contender for the web's most unscrupulous merchant. Unlike
other unscrupulous merchants, including the lazy, the flaky and the
scammy, "Mr. B" has taken great pride in his unsavory -- and potentially
criminal -- treatment of customers.
Many of the responses to the New York Times piece have centered on
Google's role in Mr. B's online business, which sells eyewear online.
That's because Mr. B worked his site up the rankings by taking advantage
of the fact that many of the complaints being posted about his business
online were generating valuable backlinks despite the fact that these
backlinks, of course, were not really positive signals.
Last week, Blippy, a Twitter for purchases, created quite a stir when
it was revealed that the company had exposed the credit card numbers of
The company's co-founder, Philip Kaplan, sought to downplay the
severity of the mistake but as more and more individuals cozy up to the
growing number of services that encourage 'oversharing' of
financial-related information online, a number of parties involved with
commerce will be affected.
Make no doubt about it: the criminals are winning the war when it comes to online fraud. This is one fight that isn't even close.
From credit cards to identities, theft and fraud on the internet has been a boon to criminals of all shapes and sizes.