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Cyber fraud, like many other types of fraud, is classed as a serious crime. If you’ve been accused of internet fraud, 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 internet crime, we have many years of experience and could help you seek the justice you deserve.

What is cyber fraud?

Cyber fraud, or internet fraud, occurs when a fraudster uses the internet to take advantage of victims and defraud them.

There are many types of cyber fraud, including:

Non-delivery of items / non-payment for items sold

This is a common type of internet fraud 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 theft

This type of internet fraud 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.

Spam

Spam, 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 fraud

Internet credit card fraud includes being overcharged for items that you’ve purchased online, or hitting the victim with unauthorised credit card charges.

FBI / Government scams

Have 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 or government have money of yours, you won’t be notified by email.

Miscellaneous internet fraud

Miscellaneous internet fraud can include fake competitions, work-from-home scams and fake winnings.
How to avoid becoming a victim of internet fraud
With the rise of modern technology, internet fraud is becoming a lot more common. It’s important to stay safe online to minimise the chances of becoming a victim of cyber fraud.

What should I do to prevent myself from becoming a victim of cyber fraud?

  • When making purchases online, try to ensure that you use a well-known retailer with a good reputation. If you’re unsure, search for the company online and find reviews from people who have placed orders.
  • If you receive a suspicious email from a friend, check with them via phone before sending them any money or personal details.
  • Don’t click on any links in spam emails, and try to use an email service that has a good spam filter.
  • Remember: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

What to do if you’ve been accused of internet fraud

It’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.

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