From November 27 to December 18, 2013, the retail giant Target was the victim of an enormous Internet fraud scheme in which over 110 million individual customer accounts were hacked and compromised. Customer payment data (credit card information) and personal e-mail and mailing addresses were fraudulently stolen. Similarly, from July 16 to October 30, 2013, retailer Neiman Marcus had 1.1 million customers’ personal information fraudulently stolen from their online databases. These incidents (full article can be viewed here) and others like them are becoming more and more common as people become more and more active online. As Internet use and commerce increases, so do instances of Internet fraud.
Internet fraud includes auction fraud (on sites like eBay), retail fraud, investment fraud, identity theft via payment-card fraud and many other types of fraud. If successfully prosecuted for Internet fraud, the punishments are severe and include jail time in state or federal prison, probation, fines, restitution (paying back what was stolen) and potentially the loss of employment for those with licenses or security clearances that were abused fraudulently.
If you are facing charges or allegations of Internet fraud you will need an attorney to represent you. Call 866-339-7801 or e-mail New Jersey Internet fraud defense attorneys at Jack Venturi Law today.