Internet Fraud: How We Can Help
You’re probably well aware of the fact that identity theft is a serious problem, but you might not be aware of just how seamlessly certain criminals are able to commit the crime without you being any the wiser. One of most profitable identify theft schemes for criminals is Stolen Identify Refund Fraud (SIRF), in which your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) can be used to successfully file tax returns on your behalf.
As if the basic threat of stolen identity fraud wasn’t already bad enough, reports have shown that the trend of Internet fraud has actually been steadily increasing over the years.
The majority of Internet scams will generally just involve a non-delivery of payment or goods; this type of crime constituted 32.9% of all Internet Crime Complaint Center (ICE) reports in the year 2008. Fraud committed through auction sites, known as action fraud, made up 25.5% of the IC3 complains in the same year.
Other commonly recurring types of fraud involve false claims for investments and loans, and in certain cases, counterfeit securities might even be traded in your name.
With all of the different ways that scammers can snatch your identity away for their own purposes online, remaining diligent in your background research on the seller is absolutely imperative – still, even with discipline and caution, even the best among us can sometimes fall pray to plain rotten luck.
With just one misstep, you can easily wind up being a victim of online intellectual property theft, identify theft, phishing, pagejacking, and many other types of fraud without warning.
Some of the most insidious forms of Internet fraud are the types that seem legitimate enough to fool even the most pragmatic Internet users. Oftentimes, savvy internet fraudsters will simply pray upon their victim’s want for convenience. Unprompted money order from Asia, Africa, Russia and the Middle East are some of the most common methods of fraud, and they’re growing more common with every year.
The gross sum of money that you can lose to an Internet fraud is, unfortunately, only one dimension of the total threats that you face from the actions of career online criminals. Not only does Internet fraud hurt your wallet, but in the worst case scenario, you could be held legally accountable for the unwanted actions that a criminal takes with your stolen identity.
Even if a victim of Internet fraud is able to be financially compensated for a series of fraudulent credit card transactions, it can be exceedingly difficult to recover from blows to your credit score and prove a lack of agency in the fraudster’s actions.
Even with all of the caution in the world, you’re never completely risk free – that’s where we can help. Through our investigative technologies and processes, we can help to track down and identify those who commit Internet fraud against you. In addition to removing the veil of anonymity worn by Internet fraudsters, we can also provide you with the protection you’ll need against any of the legal fallout that could happen from illicit trades, loans and investments made in your name without your consent.
Though Internet fraud is clearly condemned in ever court of law, Internet fraud cases can be one of the most difficult types of crimes for victims to seek justice for. The court’s approach towards Internet fraud can become incredibly murky when a criminal actor uses your identify as a smokescreen. We wholeheartedly dedicate ourselves to leveraging all powers in the federal and state court systems to protect your rights.
If you’ve been victimized by any kind of Internet fraud, feel free to get in contact with us so that we can bring you the justice and peace of mind that you deserve.