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Cybercrime / Internet Fraud

Cybercrime / Internet Fraud

What is Cybercrime / Internet Fraud?

Cybercrime, also referred to as internet fraud, is a blanket term that describes several different fraud crimes. Cybercrime is on the rise in California. Prosecutors have taken note and are cracking down. In 2011, the Attorney General created a special task force, called the “eCrime Unit” to investigate and prosecute cybercrime cases.
The most common cybercrimes involving financial fraud are codified in the California Penal Code at
(1) § 484(e) (Internet Fraud) – fraudulent schemes or scams carried out by email or over the internet.
(2) § 530.5 (Phishing, or Identity Theft – see also Business & Professions Code § 22948) – using email of the internet to obtain sensitive information, such as social security numbers or credit card information.
(3) § 502 (Hacking) – accessing a computer or computer data without permission.

Penalties for Cybercrime / Internet Fraud

The cybercrimes described above may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on a defendant’s criminal history and the factual circumstances of the case. Misdemeanor cybercrimes are punishable by up to one year in jail in addition to restitution, penalties, and fines. Felony cybercrime is punishable by up to three years in state prison in addition to restitution, penalties, and fines.

Irvine, California Cybercrime / Internet Attorney

The first and most important decision a defendant or anyone facing a cybercrime or internet fraud investigation must make is to retain the right defense attorney. Responding to a cybercrime/internet fraud investigation or charges requires a proactive, coordinated, and proactive approach. White collar federal defense attorney Peter Hardin has a long and outstanding track record of establishing clear communication with federal law enforcement agents and prosecutors and responding swiftly and accurately to search warrants and subpoenas. Because Peter Hardin has prosecuted and defended against criminal cases, such as cybercrime and internet fraud, for nearly 20 years, he understands not just the law, but the way federal authorities investigate cases and the prosecutorial tactics that follow. It is essential that anyone who may be under investigation for cybercrime or internet fraud, or who has been charged with cybercrime or internet fraud, act quickly to build a strong defense and protect their rights. Contact Peter Hardin now for a free and confidential consultation.

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