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Wheaton White Collar Crime Defense AttorneyIn this day and age of ever-evolving electronics, credit card fraud is becoming increasingly more common. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there were more than 133,000 reports of credit card fraud across the United States in 2017. Illinois was ranked as one of the states with the most instances of this crime, with 48 complaints out of every 100,000 residents. Though it is not usually a violent offense, credit card fraud can be damaging to the victim, as it is often related to identity theft. If you have been accused of credit card fraud in Illinois, it is crucial that you obtain legal counsel as soon as possible.

Types of Credit Card Fraud

There are many different types of offenses that fall under the umbrella of credit card fraud. If you are charged with any of the following crimes, the penalties could be severe:

  • Making a false statement to receive a credit card: This can include lying about certain information, such as your income, ability to pay, or even the use of a false social security number.

  • Possessing another person’s credit card: Being in possession of someone else's credit card without their knowledge and with the intent of using it is illegal and considered credit card fraud. 

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DuPage County fraud defense attorney, credit card fraudCrimes most commonly occur without the watchful eye of others — people are afraid of being caught and the conscience is not as easily ignored. Over recent years, there has been a steady increase of online purchasing and the rise of credit card fraud. The temptation of getting untold amounts of items without paying for them becomes overwhelmingly enticing for many and is surprisingly easy to accomplish through credit card fraud. However, a conviction of such magnitude is something that is to be considered and combatted with the assistance of a legal professional.

Forms of Credit Card Fraud

Ultimately, credit card fraud is using the account information of another individual for one’s purposes without consent. However, this is a highly generalized statement, and the behavior has multiple levels and can occur in varying forms. It is possible that someone has committed fraud without knowledge. The eight varying types of fraud consist of the following:

  • Using lost or stolen cards — the most common type of credit card fraud;

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