In general, the same types of schemes that have victimized consumers and investors for many years before the creation of the Internet and e-commerce are now appearing online. The term Internet fraud is used loosely to describe any type of scheme that uses one or more components of the Internet, such as chat rooms, e-mail, or message boards, to do one of the following:
Here are some of the major types of Internet fraud:
Because jurisdiction can be complicated in cases involving e-commerce, the most active prosecution has been in the federal court system. Backed by the FCC, SEC, and countless statutes, offenders of Internet fraud face a wide variety of fines and, in some cases, federal prison time.
If you are the victim of Internet fraud, it is best to contact a local or federal prosecutor to file a report, but you may also want to contact a business attorney to initiate a civil action against the fraudulent person or company. If you have been accused or arrested for Internet fraud, the advice of a defense attorney specializing in white collar crime could be extremely helpful.
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