Even before the COVID emergency, our law firm was seeing an uptick of online scams and frauds targeting the unwary.
In particular, we are seeing an increase in scams and frauds involving sexual content. Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that legal professionals.
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Written by attorney Mark C Cogan Apr 17, Saved Save. Beware of online scams and frauds involving sexual content.
One form of fraud occurs when the police run a sting operation seeking to trap people seeking sex. Police agencies run sting operations seeking to trap people looking for prostitution or hookups with underage individuals.
Nowadays, police use other platforms, such as Craigslist, Doublelist, Seeking Arrangements, chatrooms, online forums, and filesharing apps, as well as other devices. Beware of situations when you are invited to have contact with a stranger online.
The stranger might well turn out to be a law enforcement agent. Even if no meeting is ever arranged, law enforcement might attempt to induce the suspect into making incriminating statements, which can be utilized to support criminal charges of prostitution, online sexual corruption of a minor, contacting a minor for lewd or indecent purposes, child pornography, or any of other serious State or Federal criminal charges.
Another form of fraud occurs when private individuals attempt to extort those posting sexual content Private individuals have been running scams seeking to lure people into online contacts, which can involve sexting, fantasy story lines, exchanges of child pornography, and attempts to hook up with minors for sexual purposes. Once an individual takes the bait, the person might be contacted by someone purporting to be associated with law enforcement, or a family member of the child dad, brother, etc who may be part of an extortion scheme. We have some advice for anyone who might be prey to these online scams and frauds 1.
Be very wary of whom you are communicating with online. Be aware that online sexually charged communication can lead to criminal prosecution. Remember that police and scammers engage in intimidation and dishonesty to accomplish their purposes.
Do not give law enforcement permission to search your phone or computer or other communication device in the absence of a search warrant.
Even if your phone or communication device is seized, do not give law enforcement your access codes or information. Contact a criminal defense attorney immediately if you find yourself under suspicion of criminal activities.
Do not pay blackmail or extortion. Our law firm serves clients who are facing actual or potential criminal prosecution. Timely consultation with a defense attorney can avoid enormous trouble and expense moving forward. Call or write us if you desire our help.
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