Cyber Crime, also known as Online Fraud and Internet Fraud, like many other types of fraud, is classed as a serious crime. If you’ve been accused of a type of cyber crime, it’s important to consider your next steps very carefully.
Here at DPP Law, we understand that being accused of any crime can be a distressing and confusing time for you and your family. However, it’s important to remain calm - losing your temper could make matters worse.
How can we help? Our dedicated and approachable team of solicitors are experts in this type of crime, we have many years of experience and could help you seek the justice you deserve.
What is Cyber Crime?Cyber crime, often called cyber fraud, Internet Fraud or Online Fraud , occurs when a fraudster uses the internet to take advantage of victims and defraud them. There are many types of Cyber Crime, including:
Non-delivery of items / non-payment for items soldThis is a common type of cyber crime that occurs when a victim makes a purchase from a fraudulent website. This could result in a fraudster taking the victim’s money/bank details, without sending any goods in return.
Identity TheftThis type of cyber crime comes in a variety of forms. However, the most common is that the victim receives an email from their ‘friend’ saying that they are in trouble and need money ASAP. However, the fraudster has actually hacked into a person’s email account and has stolen their identity for fraudulent purposes.
SpamSpam, also known as junk mail, are emails that contain links used to hack into your computer to steal your personal information. Some spam links may give your computer a virus or send you to a useless or malicious website. These are usually found within junk bulk emails that contain links that will hack into your computer to steal your personal information, send you a virus or send you to a useless or malicious link.
Credit Card FraudInternet credit card fraud includes being overcharged for items that you’ve purchased online, or hitting the victim with unauthorised credit card charges. Click here to find out more about Credit Card Fraud.
FBI / Government scamsHave you ever been sent an email with something along the lines of ‘the FBI/government have money that’s been recovered on your behalf’? More often than not, this is an internet scam. If the FBI, a foreign government (including a related agency), or the government of your country of birth have money of yours, you won’t be notified by email.
Miscellaneous Internet FraudThere are many types of Internet Fraud can include fake competitions, work from home scams and fake winnings.
What to do if you’ve been accused of internet fraudIt’s important to take internet fraud seriously, even if you’re not guilty. Seek legal advice as soon as possible. Here at DPP Law, our team are experts in these types of cases. Contact us today to discuss your next steps.