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Can an online scam constitute a federal crime?

Federal charges are not something to be taken lightly. The penalties for such crimes are often severe, so it is important to act quickly in your defense if faced with such allegations. Furthermore, it is important to bear in mind that federal offenses cover a broader range of crimes than you might think. For example, what appears to be a simple online scam might amount to federal wire fraud.

The details of this are explained in greater specificity here. However, some of the online crimes that could land you in trouble include the following:

Some of these schemes may seem more innocent than others, but all can be quite damaging to their victims. If you stand accused of involvement in such crimes, you might be reported to the Federal Trade Commission and could face charges.

If you have been charged with a federal crime, it is vital to plan your next steps carefully. An attorney can advise you of your options and assist you in deciding on the course of action that is best for you.