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Tampa Wire Fraud Lawyer

Many people look for ways to make a quick buck. They may engage in scams such as fraud. A common type of fraud is wire fraud. Wire fraud is a federal crime that involves the use of electronic communication, such as email or text messages, to engage in a criminal act.

Wire fraud may sound like a high-tech scheme, but it can be something as simple as demanding money via email (such as the infamous Nigerian prince scam).

Wire fraud is a serious crime that comes with serious penalties. If you have been arrested for such a crime, you need a solid defense. Get the help you need by contacting an experienced Tampa wire fraud lawyer from Scriven Law, P.A. today.

Elements of Wire Fraud

Wire fraud involves four key elements:

The accused must have been engaged in a scheme to commit fraud.

  1. The scheme must have involved a lie or omission.
  2. The scheme resulted or would have resulted in the loss of money or property.
  3. The accused used interstate wire communications (such as radio, television, email, or text) to commit fraud.

Examples of Wire Fraud

Here’s a look at some examples of wire fraud in more detail:

  • Phishing scams. Criminals send emails or messages that appear to be from legitimate organizations, such as banks or government agencies, requesting personal or financial information. Victims are tricked into providing personal data, which is used for fraud.
  • Fake prize schemes. Criminals send notifications to individuals claiming they have won a lottery or prize and are instructed to wire money to cover taxes or processing fees before receiving their winnings. However, there is no actual prize, and the scammers disappear with the money.
  • Investment fraud. Fraudsters promote fake investment opportunities, promising high returns with little or no risk. Victims wire money to invest, but the investments do not exist, or the scammers misappropriate the funds.
  • Romance scams. Perpetrators create fake online personas to establish romantic relationships with individuals, gaining their trust over time. Eventually, they request money for various reasons and convince victims to wire funds.
  • Advance fee fraud. Victims receive offers promising large sums of money in exchange for a small upfront payment. After wiring the money, victims never receive the promised funds.
  • Identity theft. Criminals steal personal information through various means and then use it to open accounts, apply for loans, or make purchases.
  • Tech support scams. Scammers contact individuals claiming to be tech support representatives from reputable companies and deceive them into providing remote access to their computers. They may then install malware or demand payment for fake services.

Contact Scriven Law Today

Fraud and other white-collar crimes need to be taken seriously. Many fraud cases are federal offenses that come with harsh punishment, such as fines and lengthy prison sentences.

You don’t need to fight your case on your own. Get a Tampa wire fraud lawyer from Scriven Law, P.A. on your side. We are available 24/7 to take your case. Schedule a consultation today by calling 813-226-8522 or filling out the online form.

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