I've just heard one of those people caught up by this in an interview on Radio 5. It made for scary listening.
Operation Ore, we must remember, wasn't just porn, but kiddie stuff; truly repulsive. Quite right that the guilty are dealt with extremely severely, but you really must feel sorry for those caught up in it through no fault of their own.
Follow ups from information provided, usually means that evidence is required ie Hard-drive images.No evidence on any computer that you have access, or ISP have no records linked to you, then use of a credit card ??.
By which time your house has been publicly raided by plods in hobnail boots, all the neighbours know about it because plod can't keep his mouth shut and so it goes on until you end up in the News of the World - I know someone it's happened to, not with credit card fraud but with mistaken identity and a scandal with a pop singer.
I fully appreciate what you are saying, but going in another direction, many people in Northern Ireland had 'plods in hobnail boots' raiding their homes and confiscating computer equipment, in the height of the troubles. Many of these people were found to be totally innocent of any crimes. They also had very little say on events taken to safeguard the interests of authorities and fellow people!.
I am not saying it is right or wrong, whatever officialdom dictates,there will always be the innocent and guilty of one scale or another, but that is the way now with modern technology and the way people use it.
This aspect of CC fraud appears to punish the card holders twice, i.e. responsible for paying the charges to their cards and being prosecuted and all that that entails. I wonder how many of the innocent ones had queried these charges at the time, had their cards destroyed and changed before the visit from 'plod'!
Having said that, I don't doubt for one minute that this type of fraud is prevalent, similar to on-line gambling.