What is credit card fraud?
Credit card fraud is a serious crime that can lead to fines, probation, and a possible jail/prison sentence. According to Florida Statute 817.61 “A person who, with intent to defraud the issuer or a person or organization providing money, goods, services, or anything else of value or any other person, uses, for the purpose of obtaining money, goods, services, or anything else of value, a credit card obtained or retained in violation of this part or a credit card which he or she knows is forged, or who obtains money, goods, services, or anything else of value by representing, without the consent of the cardholder, that he or she is the holder of a specified card or by representing that he or she is the holder of a card and such card has not in fact been issued violates this section.”
There are multiple ways an individual can fall victim to a credit card fraud.
Whether it’s through email or through a courtesy call, it is best to be aware of how people can steal your information and how to prevent it. Know who you’re giving your information to and if they are a legit person. If you receive a call from an unknown number claiming to be from your company, you can do a quick google search to see if they have been a confirmed scammer. If you are unsure of the information provided from a call or email regarding your card, the best thing to do is to reach out to your credit card company and confirm before releasing your information to potential scammers.
How important is it to have a lawyer after a credit card scam lawsuit in Florida?
If you suspect that you have fallen victim to a credit card scam, then you would want to hire an attorney so they can assist you in filing a lawsuit. If you are suspected of engaging in credit card fraud, then you want to hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent you.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer would be beneficial for a credit fraud charge. Whether you have fallen victim to credit card fraud or are accused of committing credit card fraud, an experienced attorney will be essential for your case. To find the closest credit card fraud defense lawyer you can use google or yelp to search “Credit card fraud defense lawyer near me.” Most lawyers offer free consultations so you can call their office and request a consultation to see if they offer what you’re looking for and if they are the best fit for you. You want to make sure that the lawyer you choose in the end is one who has handled cases similar to yours and can help you receive the result you want in the end.
What are the best strategies that your lawyer can use to defend you?
There are a few defenses that may be used in court to defend your allegations. A defense you could use is that you may have fallen victim of identity theft. You could say you are also a victim and were affected by this act because you weren’t the individual who committed the crime, but instead someone impersonating you. Another defense could be that you were under the impression that it was okay to use the credit card. If the card belonged to a family member or friend, then your defense could be that you were under the impression it was okay to make the transaction. You might have been a victim of entrapment and that’s why you used the card because you were manipulated to commit the crime. Or maybe you were forced to use the card against your will and are a victim of coercion.
According to ACI Worldwide, more than 40% of Americans have had their Credit card information stolen sometime within the past five years. That means that 40% of Americans have gotten their information stolen or have fallen victim to credit card scams. Avoid falling victim to these scams by being aware of who you are giving out your information to. If you do not recognize the number, then look it up to see if it’s a known scammer or call your bank to confirm the changes they were mentioning. Committing credit card fraud is a serious offense and can lead to third-degree felony charges and a prison sentence.
At the Smith & Eulo Law Firm, we have criminal defense lawyers to represent you in your case. Call us today for a free consultation at 407-930-8912 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We strive to always be available for you.