This crime of internet fraud is also called cyber crime. The venue for most of these crimes occurs online and on the Internet, in chat rooms, on message boards and email exchanges.
The following are some of the types of internet fraud that are perpetrated:
• Obtaining confidential national security information;
• Computer hacking or unlawful entry into the computer’s database;
• Performance of fraudulent monetary transactions;
• Spreading and sending of computer viruses;
• Copyright theft;
• Destruction of computer data;
• Schemes that defraud others of money or credit;
• Theft of identities or personal information;
• Theft of computer data
Most often, fraud is committed through the operation of a scam. The following are some of the most common scams committed online:
• Business or Employment opportunity scams;
• Identity theft prevention scams;
• Investment scams;
• Prize winning scams;
• Work from home scams;
• Financial aid scams;
By definition, internet fraud is committed through the use of Internet services to offer fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, operate fraudulent transactions or scams or transmit the proceeds or earnings from fraud to financial institutions to others. Depending upon the facts of the case and the criminal history of the accused, violation of Internet fraud laws may be punished with large fines and/or incarceration in state or county prison for up to twenty (20) years.
The crime of internet fraud is a serious matter in California. Should you be or know anyone facing any of these charges, do reach out to the lawyers at the Law Offices of Ramiro J. Lluis for a free consultation today.