White Collar Crime: What is Computer Fraud?

Computer fraud is a type of white collar crime in which a person uses a computer or the internet to defraud others (including people, companies, government agencies) of money, internet access, or revenue. Though it seems as if computer fraud is very broad, it is nonetheless a very serious crime that warrants serious penalties if committed.

White Collar Crime:Computer Fraud

Some common types of computer fraud includes:

  • Computer hacking
  • The use of spyware to acquire personal information
  • Computer embezzlement
  • Creating computer “worms” or “viruses”
  • Obtaining unauthorized information from government agencies (specifically information regarding national defense or international relations)
  • Phishing
  • Social engineering
  • DDos attacks

The Rise In Internet Crimes

Since the advent of the internet, there has also been a rise in internet crimes including computer fraud. Because of this, the US government has created task forces to address the birth of this type of crime. For instance, in 1991, the United States’ Congress created the National Computer Crime Squad within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. However, it is the 1986 amendment to the Counterfeit Access Device and Abuse Act that makes internet crimes such as computer fraud illegal.

Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are accused of a white collar crime, especially computer fraud, it is very important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Carroll Troberman, PLLC, attorneys Blair Carroll and Shelly Troberman will fight to ensure your rights throughout the criminal defense process. With all white collar crimes comes serious penalties–you could possibly face felony charges. If you are charged with a white collar crime, the best step you can take is to find the best possible criminal defense attorney for your case. At Carroll Troberman, PLLC, our attorneys have strong working relationships with the courts to get you the most favorable outcome possible.

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