Internet Fraud: Federal Trade Commission Prosecutions of Online Conduct

Communications and the Law, Vol. 23, p. 55, 2001

44 Pages Posted: 25 May 2010

See all articles by Emile Loza de Siles

Emile Loza de Siles

Duquesne University School of Law; Howard University School of Law; University of Maryland Global Campus; Technology Law Group

Date Written: May 25, 2010


Loza examines some 180 Internet fraud cases prosecuted by the Federal Trade Commission and the FTC's extensive range of statutory and regulatory authority employed in those prosecutions. Loza also sets forth the relevant deception and unfairness standards and means and instrumentality theory. Loza evaluates the use of technology as a means of committing online fraud, including cybersquatting, mouse-trapping, steatlh windows, and more. Among the types of cases examined, Loza covers fraud as to Internet-related services; international telephone services; securities trading services and other investment-related fraud; online gambling; personal and financial information collection and other privacy-related conduct; business, work-at-home, and franchise opportunities; pyramid or multilevel marketing schemes; adult entertainment; credit card repair; vacation and travel services; prize promotions; and grant matching, computer and vehicle leasing, and other services.

Loza provides a wealth of often otherwise difficult-to-obtain citation references to the examined cases and authorities.

Keywords: Internet fraud, deception, unfairness, pyramid, Federal Trade Commission, prosecution, cybersquatting, means, instrumentality

Suggested Citation

Loza de Siles, Emile, Internet Fraud: Federal Trade Commission Prosecutions of Online Conduct (May 25, 2010). Communications and the Law, Vol. 23, p. 55, 2001 , Available at SSRN:

Emile Loza de Siles (Contact Author)

Duquesne University School of Law ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Howard University School of Law ( email )

Washington, DC

University of Maryland Global Campus ( email )

Adelphi, MD

Technology Law Group ( email )

Washington, DC

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