Computer fraud consists of any fraud that involves the usage of computers. Computer fraud covers a wide range of activities and can overlap with other types of fraud, like wire fraud. In general, any deliberate action to defraud or misrepresent information in order to get something of value (usually money) by using the computer is considered computer fraud.
What Types of Activities are Considered Computer Fraud?
Computer fraud is much more common these days, given the wide usage of the Internet . The most common form of computer fraud is identity theft, where another person's personal information is stolen. Other common computer fraud activities include:
- Computer hacking - Trying to access information you are not authorized to access
- Romance scams involving catfishing and dating websites
- Piracy - Downloading songs and movies illegally
- Deleting or copying sensitive company information or files
- Fraud "Schemes" - Putting up a website or sending mass e-mails about a fraudulent business opportunity
What if I Am a Victim of Computer Fraud?
If you are a victim of computer fraud, please contact the police. Once the perpetrator is caught, you can bring civil claims to be compensated for the harm you have suffered.
Consumer fraud organizations can also give you helpful information.
Should I Get an Attorney If I Am Accused of Computer Fraud?
Computer fraud can be a very serious crime, and there is a chance of being put in prison for many years or paying large fines to compensate the victims. If you are accused of computer fraud, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more about your rights, defenses, and the complicated legal system.