Understanding internet fraud law


Internet fraud law seeks to protect the public and businesses from criminal activity online. The types of internet based fraud can include:

  • Identity theft
  • Phishing attacks via email
  • Cybersquatting
  • Pharming attacks
  • Website hijacking
  • Click fraud

The Computer Misuse Act 1990 and its recent amendments are the basis of internet fraud law in the UK. In general, the internet is used by criminals to gain personal information about an individual that they can then use to defraud them directly, or more usually their bank accounts. Many of the scams that used to take place offline have now moved online - such as lottery and other game-based scams.

Identity theft has also increased as the internet has become more widespread. Using bogus websites and email messages, criminals attempt to get their victims to reveal sensitive personal information about themselves.

In one recent example, a phishing scam looked like a legitimate email from HM Customs and Revenue stating that the recipient of the email was due a tax refund. The phishing email asked for bank details so the money could be deposited. In reality, the criminals used the bank details to steal money.

If you are the victim of internet fraud, or have been accused of breaking internet fraud law, you must get qualified legal advice as soon as possible. Internet fraud law is complex, as it encompasses many elements of UK legislation. Your solicitor can give you help, advice and support as your case progresses.

If you would like to obtain legal advice about internet fraud law, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist technology fraud / IT solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local technology fraud / IT solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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