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Holiday season a common time for credit card fraud

Credit card fraud crimes can lead to extremely serious consequences even for those offenders who play a minor role in the theft of personal information.
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    January 24, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The busy holiday shopping season has recently come to an end, and it has led to concerns for several retailers over issues concerning the security of their credit card processing systems. Target was hit hard by hackers, with over 40 million credit card numbers believed to be at risk, with the personal information of 70 million customers also potentially available on the black market.

While stores have taken steps to ensure that these breaches do not happen again, there are still some concerns over what might be happening with the information that was collected in this case. Some believe that the credit card numbers are being sold on black-market Internet sites frequented by those who want the information in order to engage in fraudulent activity.

Some offenders may have a central role in the scheme. They could attempt to withdraw money from a cardholder's account, or use the card to make purchases. These items could be for personal use or sold to others, which could lead to more complications during the investigation.

In these cases, there are many different crimes that could be committed, which would result in very serious charges for some who may not even be aware of the fact that they are involved in the scheme. For example, an individual may be asked to use a card to make a purchase for a friend, and this card could have been manufactured using one of the stolen numbers. Once the card is used, investigators could eventually end up charging the individual with many crimes, including credit card fraud.

Often, extensive investigations must be performed because someone will be charged with an offense. Depending upon the nature of the crimes alleged, these investigations may be handled by local law enforcement agencies trained to handle these offenses. If the crimes are believed to be more serious, or cross state lines, it is very possible that federal law enforcement agencies could become involved. This greatly enhances the resources that will be expended on the investigation, and may lead to much more serious charges.

If you have been charged with one of these offenses, you need to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. It is important that you work with someone who knows how to conduct the investigations required by these kinds of cases, as it will be an essential part of presenting a strong defense against these allegations. You do not want to be facing such severe charges on your own, because the consequences of a conviction are life-changing.

Article provided by The Law Offices of Mark J. Werksman
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