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Computers and the internet have become fundamental in modern society. However, by taking advantage of the anonymity of the web, it has become much easier for fraudsters to scam other people and take their money (or other information) in exchange for a falsified promise. In essence, internet fraud and e-scams refer to any type or form of fraud that is facilitated by the internet or other web services and applications. As a white collar crime, committing internet fraud or other e-scams can result in federal charges, and convicted individuals may be looking at years behind bars or hundreds of thousands in fines.
There is a virtually endless array of illicit activities that could fall under the category of “internet fraud” or “computer crime.” Nevertheless, there are also many state and federal laws governing any type of fraud conducted via digital channels. In fact, most types of online fraud are prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S. Code Section 1030). Some important prohibited behaviors detailed in this Act include:
In addition to the Act and some of its provisions, there are several other federal laws governing internet fraud. Therefore, if under investigation or arrested for fraud, your case may fall under some of the following statutes:
Furthermore, internet banking fraud is another federal crime governed by various statutes, including wire fraud (18 U.S. Code Section 1343) and bank fraud (18 U.S. Code Section 1344).
Computer and internet fraud, or facilitating any e-scams, with the intent of scamming other individuals out of their cash or other valuable property, are federal crimes that carry some hefty punishments. However, it is important to keep in mind that the specific penalty will be related to the alleged offenses. Hacking a government computer, for instance, will carry a much stiffer punishment than phishing for passwords.
Nevertheless, convicted individuals could be looking at up to 20 years imprisonment and hundreds of thousands in fines. Some general penalties may include:
If you have been contacted by police or federal agents regarding alleged internet fraud or e-scams, don’t try and talk your way out of the charges. If federal agents are contacting you, you may be under investigation, which means that you need to have an experienced and prominent criminal defense attorney at your side. At the pre-file stage of the case, we’ll act as your spokesperson and attempt to prevent the charges from ever being filed.
Furthermore, some of the defense strategies we may employ will attempt to show:
The specific defense strategies we’ll employ depend on the circumstances surrounding the allegations against you. To speak with a highly experienced, aggressive, and professional federal crimes defense attorney, contact Grabel & Associates today. We offer free emergency consultations 24/7.