As social media channels continue to become increasingly popular and widespread among different demographics, there are more opportunities for criminal activity to take place. Many people who engage in fraudulent activity online believe that since they are operating under an anonymous alias, they will never be held responsible for their behavior.
However, this is not the case. Those who engage in criminal activity online can be tracked down by law enforcement officials when an investigation is initiated. If you have been accused of online or social media fraud, you should take the time to understand the different types that exist.
Using social media to make a fraud seem legitimate
Social media makes it possible for almost anyone to change the way a person or a product is perceived. Fraudsters commonly use social media to buy followers or to make false claims about their fraudulent organization. Social media can essentially be a tool that makes it easier for fraudsters to operate.
It’s becoming easier than ever for fraudulent organizations to obtain the emails of private individuals. They often use this information to send mass emails that have a personal touch to many unsuspecting individuals. The false claims and manipulative efforts made can be enough to convince some people that the company is legitimate, and they may then engage in the scam.
What makes online activity fraudulent?
There is often a very fine line between what is considered to be simply disingenuous actions online and what is fraudulent activity. For a person to be charged with fraud, it must be shown that they engaged in the intentional misrepresentation of information that is significant. It must also be shown that they knew the information was false, and that they used the information to mislead others. If a victim who was misled by the false information suffered damages as a result, the action will count as fraud.
How can I defend myself if I’m accused of fraud?
If you are accused of fraud, you must show that at least one of the elements of the crime was not true in your situation. For example, you could argue that although the information you spread was false, you were not aware that it was false.
If you have been accused of online fraud, take swift action to aggressively defend yourself.