What is Social Media Fraud?
Social Media Fraud is a cyber crime that uses social media sites to carry out a fraud scheme that seeks to obtain any benefit by means of fraudulent pretenses― it is the deliberate deception for the purpose of obtaining an unfair or unlawful gain.
The popularity of social media sites makes it easier for alleged scammers to appear legitimate, hide behind anonymity, and to reach a lot of people for little cost. A social Media fraud scheme is a cyber crime committed through the internet. Fraud schemes have been carried out on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others.
Social Media fraud can occur in a number of ways, including:
- Identity Theft Via Social Media
- Identity theft occurs when someone appropriates another’s personal information without their knowledge. Social media sites function because of the personal information users provide. Social media sites generate revenue with targeted advertising, based on personal information. Currently there is little government oversight on the security, privacy, and identity protections of social media sites. This leaves users exposed to identity theft fraud.
- Phishing Scams
- These scams use social media platforms to appear as a legitimate company or institution and asks users to log into their accounts or verify personal information, which is then used to obtain login credentials and to commit identity theft. Phishing scams are one of the most common forms of internet fraud.
- Computer Malware Via Hidden URLs
- Links are shared constantly on social media. Clicking on an unknown or shortened link could direct you to a site that installs malware on your computer. Malware (malicious software) is harmful or intrusive software like viruses, worms, ransomware, spyware, and other malicious programs that could be used as part of a fraud scheme.
- Money Grab
- This type of scam involves someone pretending to know you asking for money. For example, a scammer may pose as one of your real friends and send an urgent request for you to send money because they lost their wallet while on vacation and have no way to get home.
Criminal charges for an alleged social media fraud scheme may be charged in federal or state court, and may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the charges and the severity of the alleged crime.
Defending Against Charges of Cyber Crimes
If you have been accused of a cyber crime you may face jail time and significant fines. At Ashley D. Adams, PLC we are particularly knowledgeable regarding cyber crimes and we have extensive experience with white collar criminal defense at both the federal and state level.
When you hire us, we will thoroughly investigate the evidence and we may be able to dismantle the case against you. In the government’s zeal to prosecute these types of crimes, officials may unfairly target honest people. Perhaps your rights were violated during the investigation. Here at Ashley D. Adams, PLC we zealously defend all types of cyber crimes or internet fraud cases.
We will fight back for you and protect your rights. Contact us or call now (480) 219-1366 for a consultation. Have your questions answered and obtain the peace of mind that comes from having a former Assistant U.S. Attorney on your side.
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The attorneys at Ashley D. Adams, PLC handle state criminal cases throughout Arizona and federal criminal cases throughout the United States, including Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and California.