Crimes of deceit that come into or leave Arkansas via the U.S. Postal service or private interstate carriers are mail fraud. Because it crosses state lines, it falls under the jurisdiction of federal agencies. If you are facing charges, it is imperative that you understand the theory of the case and evidence against you. At John Wesley Hall, our team often represents clients such as government officials, executives and other individuals unexpectedly facing criminal charges.
Spamlaws reports that mail fraud uses the postal system to secure valuable items or money illegally. This type of hoax can take several different forms:
- Impersonation – Any communication sent across state lines misrepresenting the identity of the sender is mail fraud. It often takes the form of a message, emulating one that comes from the U.S. Government or legitimate business. The letter requests that recipients send banking details, social security numbers and other sensitive information. Once the scammer receives the victim’s data, they often use it for damaging crimes involving identity theft.
- Misrepresentation of products – The internet enables criminals to swindle victims easily, as they never have contact with them. It often begins with a website that looks legitimate and has products for sale. If the organization accepts credit card payments, but never ships the product, or ships a lower quality item, it is mail fraud.
- Internet auctions – These events qualify for mail fraud if victims receive emails requesting payment for non-existent or undeliverable merchandise.
Mail fraud is a serious crime. Each transaction is a separate charge punishable with a fine and up to 20 years in jail. If you are a victim of identity theft, you may have to defend yourself against actions carried out by someone else. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.