14 September 2007
If you're considering switching from the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) service to VoIP, you might be wondering whether the change will make you more vulnerable to scammers, help protect you from common scams, or not make much difference at all.
Con games are about as old as human history; there will always be people around who attempt to use deception to persuade others to do something - often, to give them money or something else of value. In today's electronic world, that something else may be passwords used to access various accounts at financial institutions, etc., or it might be credit card numbers and similar information used to obtain goods and charge them to someone else.
Most jurisdictions have fairly broad laws against fraud that cover both in-person and online scams, and many are now enacting legislation to deal specifically with the types of fraudulent schemes commonly perpetrated over the Internet. How much of a threat is VoIP? Let's take a look.