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Internet Fraud

Internet fraud is an increasingly popular and dangerous crime in this developing world where so much personal and financial information is now stored and easily transferred online. There are many different forms of internet fraud, each of which takes advantage of the user. It is much easier to dupe and lie to someone over the internet than face-to-face, since there exists a lack of a real, personal connection.

Studies have shown that the main form of internet fraud is through fake auctions. These comprised almost half of all reported incidents. Auction fraud is common on websites such as eBay, where the seller will accept money from the buyer and then fail to deliver the goods, or instead just disappear altogether.

Following auction fraud in frequency of occurrence were episodes of non-delivered goods and merchandise, check fraud, and credit/debit card fraud.

Currently, the only method by which internet fraud is being tracked is through individual reports to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). It is up to victims of this crime to submit information about the scheme through which they were scammed. IC3 then examines each case and passes them on to different investigators. An investigation of every incident is not guaranteed.

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Internet fraud is, by definition, considered to be a form of fraud in the United States, and is therefore punishable by law. If you have been accused of or charged with internet fraud, contact the law offices of Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at 800-589-1808.

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