May 5, 2020
Internet Fraud & COVID-19: Internet Sales
In the face of COVID-19, many reports are surfacing of internet crimes and medical equipment and personal protective gear. The FBI warned of internet crimes and internet fraud at the start of the COVID outbreak, with individuals targeting the healthcare industry in online orders of medical equipment. Scammers claimed to have the urgently needed supplies which medical facilities purchased, only to find that the sale was not legitimate.
Warning signs of internet fraud include:
- Unusual payment terms
- Price changes
- Delays in shipment and unrealistic claims of why the shipment is late
- Unexplained source of bulk supply
However, if you are an internet retailer being accused of internet fraud, know that we can help you during this time. Whether you are a victim of wrong place, wrong time, or you yourself have been a victim, we will help investigate your case.
What is Internet Fraud?
Being accused of internet crime is a serious event. These financial crimes can hold serious repercussions like hefty fines and even jail time. But what is internet fraud? In many cases, internet fraud is a result of stealing money or obtaining other’s assets through fraudulent means on the internet.
The most common forms are:
- Items not delivered purchased on the internet
- Credit card fraud
- Check fraud
- Internet auction fraud
The FBI investigates most of these cases which can be intimidating, especially if you are being wrongfully accused and don’t know your rights.
I’ve been charged with internet fraud. What are my rights?
It is important to remember you are innocent until proven guilty. When you are charged with an internet crime, you need to get a strong criminal defense attorney who can represent you, and look into all elements of the accusation.
Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano is here for you.
If you have been charged with an internet crime, especially as it pertains to COVID-19 supplies, you need a strong legal defense. If you chose Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano to represent you, we will aggressively and thoroughly investigate the allegations against you. This includes carefully reviewing the prosecution’s evidence and conducting independent research to uncover the truth.
We know how to defend those accused of fraudulent activity because our team includes attorneys who previously prosecuted such cases.
Don’t let them intimate you into a wrongful accusation. You have rights. We can fight for them. Call (570) 348-0776 and schedule a free case evaluation. Contact Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano.