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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal justice system, Illinois criminal lawyer,Over the past several years, the Internet has made a huge impact on society. Online shopping has been made possible, as there is more convenience from buying products from a laptop or phone. Since there has been more of a convenience with online shopping, retail fraud has been on the rise, and companies, especially those that are online, are trying to find ways to avoid fraud.

Retail Fraud and How It Affects Society

By the end of 2017, the main driving forces of fraud included international transactions and mobile wallets, which are considered to be examples of newer payment options. During the holiday season, fraudulent returns were the biggest concern of companies, as retail return fraud may cost companies at least $15 billion.

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Illinois federal crimes attorney, Illinois criminal attorney, Illinois defense lawyer,The holidays are just around the corner, and people are now starting to plan their holiday shopping strategies. Since shopping has become much more popular on the Internet, many people are resorting to purchasing their holiday gifts online. This has become so common, that people are not always aware of what could be at stake with their credit card. Far too often credit cards are compromised because of hacking activities on the other side. There are many people affected by credit card fraud, and the numbers keep increasing with the massive use of the Internet.

“Friendly Fraud” and Its Consequences

Also called a chargeback, friendly fraud happens when a consumer purchases a product online or on the phone and he or she receives the product ordered, plus a refund from that person’s bank. Since people receiving refunds from their bank tend to use that money with no thought about being scammed, friendly fraud has grown significantly.

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal law, Illinois criminal lawyer,Although internet fraud crimes may be common, they are never trivial for the person facing charges. While it is true that a majority of internet fraud offenses happen every day, the consequences of committing such crimes are far-reaching and often life changing for the offender. A criminal investigation can be a drawn-out and invasive process, with long-lasting negative effects on the offender’s record and their reputation. These federal white collar crimes are a double-edged sword: They hurt the victim and the offender, causing a series of trouble for everyone involved.

Common Internet Fraud Crimes

There are a number of internet-related fraudulent activities that result in criminal charges, but the FBI reports there are certain categories of fraud that rank among the most damaging and the most consistent across the nation. Some of the most common forms of internet fraud we see wreaking havoc on our personal and corporate identities include the following:

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