The internet has been around for 25 years now. No other technological advancement has changed the world we now live in than the internet. The internet has made our lives easier, however, it can also lead to some serious criminal and legal nightmares for some people. Identity theft is on the rise in the United States and federal prosecutors have begun to crack down. Here is one federal crime that numerous people fall victim to every day:
Identity Theft or Phishing (18 U.S.C. 1343)
Pretty much everyone that regularly uses email has received “spam” messages that they did not want. Sometimes, these types of messages are received as if they were sent by someone you know, and they usually try to get you to click on a link or ask about personal information, such as your Social Security number or birthdate.
If you are responsible for sending these types of emails ( “phishing”), you could be charged with a federal identity theft crime. These criminals acts can be prosecuted and punished through US wire fraud laws. It is a federal crime to unlawfully use the internet for the purpose of obtaining property or money by means of fraudulent representations.
If you have been accused of a federal crime, your first step should be to contact a federal criminal defense attorney. If you have been arrested on a federal identity theft criminal charge, please telephone the Law Office of Louis J. Goodman (510) 582-9090 to schedule a free consultation.