Various types of fraud include stealing the identities of others in order to commit acts that result in personal financial gain. Such acts are commonly referred to as “white collar crime” and are apparently on the rise in various Florida regions. In fact, current data suggests an increase in such crimes of nearly 47 percent in the past 12 months.

If a person is accused of identity theft, it does not necessarily mean that person will be convicted. In fact, the criminal justice system presumes every person’s innocence unless proved otherwise before a judge or jury. Therefore, one does not simply have to stand by while others accuse him or her of identity theft or other related offenses; instead, he or she has every right to seek assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

A spokesperson for the Office of Financial Regulation in Florida recently warned against fraud schemes. Her agency has created a list for people to follow to reduce their chances of being scammed. At the top of the list, it is advised to never give out personal information over the phone or online. Also, those receiving emails are warned never to click any link asking for personal information to be verified.

Because many white collar crime incidents involve significant amounts of money or other assets, the government tends to prosecute such cases very aggressively. Whether accused of a telephone or credit card scam, or wrongfully obtaining someone’s personal information, a person may offer a defense by retaining the help of a lawyer who has successfully litigated other high profile situations. In Florida and all other states, building a strong criminal defense is often key toward producing positive outcomes in court.

Source: news.wfsu.org, “Officials Warn Floridians To Watch Out For Identity Theft Scammers“, Sascha Cordner, Aug. 16, 2016

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