Internet Fraud Through Online Communication
Fraud is the act of intentionally misleading a person or an organization in order to unfairly gain benefits for yourself. Internet fraud is the same concept, only within the cyber world. Due to the steady increase in Internet use around the world, Internet fraud has also been on the rise.
Internet fraud is often found in the form of deceptive emails or other electronic communication, otherwise known as “phishing.” People who commit fraudulent activity, even if over the Internet, are at risk for criminal punishment. To be found guilty of phishing, you must deceive a person or organization through online communication and intentionally use their information for your benefit; simply obtaining this information isn’t considered fraud.
Consequences of Internet Fraud
Such fraudulent activity can be classified either as a misdemeanor or a felony, but fraud always calls for criminal consequences such as the following:
- Jail or prison time
- Monetary fines and/or restitution
- Professional and personal consequences by having a criminal record
Contact a Milwaukee Criminal Defense Attorney
Upon conviction, charges of fraud can not only land you in jail and leave you with hefty fines, but it could adversely affect your personal and professional life forever. As such, if you have been charged with Internet fraud, it is imperative to seek experienced legal representation so that such charges can be dropped or lowered. If you are in the Milwaukee area, contact the criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. today at (414) 271-9595.