Mass Marketing Fraud

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Mass marketing fraud often considered to white collar crimes involving the use of media for mass-communication such as the internet, mailing, and telemarketing. These crimes often use deceitful tactics to scam money from consumers and estimated that millions of Americans fall for mass-marketing schemes each year, resulting in the loss of millions of hard-earned dollars.

Mass Marketing Fraud considered a white-collar crime because it often involves little or no violence toward the victim. Instead, such schemes carried out with the confidence of the victim that a good or service will delivered. This type of fraud depends heavily on the trust of the victim. The exchange of money before anything of value is delivered. Unfortunately, many victims of mass marketing frauds never recover the money that was stolen from them.

Types of Mass Marketing Fraud

Advance fee schemes are the most common types of mass marketing fraud. Advance fee schemes often involve victims who encouraged to submit payments for goods or services up-front and wait for delivery. This type of scheme often comes in many variations and often relies upon extreme confidence the part of the victim. According to the F.B.I., some commonly recognized examples of advance fee schemes are:

• Nigerian Letter Fraud. Victims told of large amounts of money in foreign accounts that need to transferred to the U.S. The victim often told that he or she will only need to act as an “agent” of transfer for the funds in question and will receive a “fee” for simply securing the release of said funds. The victim is often provided a counterfeit check to pay for the promised fees, and once they return actual funds to the scam artist, they often find themselves accountable for cashing a counterfeit check.

• Overpayment Scams

Common overpayment scams involve eBay, Craigslist, and other websites that individuals use to sell goods. Victims often contacted by an interested “buyer” who offers more money than the advertised price of the item. Seller usually sent a counterfeit check to return the remaining balance (minus some “bonus fees”) to the buyer. The seller usually discovers that he or she has given a counterfeit instrument. After sending money back to the fraudulent party. Once the victim has sent remittance, they often find there was no contest at all.

For more information on mass marketing fraud or white collar crimes, visit the website of Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis.

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