Of all the crime categories in Australia, the crime of fraud is considered the most expensive. Moreover, cases involving fraud and deception are believed to represent the biggest category of Australian federal offences. According to estimates, about 25% of the cases are reported. Some people do not report fraud because activities such as hacking or spam are regular occurrences in our technological society.
If you are convicted of fraud, it may include an Internet crime, involve a direct theft, or be considered an identity crime. Fraud itself is broadly defined as an intent to deceive to gain a direct benefit or to gain an advantage by indirectly or directly causing detriment to an organisation or individual.
Fraud may be further broken down to the following definitions:
- Persuading a person to deliver items to another person
- Gaining a benefit or causing a loss, whether financial or personal, to someone else
- Inducing a person to illegally perform an act that he or she can legally refrain from doing
Criminal lawyers who handle cases of fraud know that these events are serious matters as the court does not show leniency toward this type of offence. That is because fraud is a violation that is considered personal. As a result, the emotional consequences can be likened to the psychological responses of victims who are involved in violent crimes.
As a result, victims often blame themselves for the crime or feel embarrassed that they were deceived. Some of the victims isolate themselves or keep the deception to themselves and try to manage it on their own. Other victims feel disbelief or anger and wonder how they can ever trust others. Therefore, the court system heavily weighs emotional damages.
Credit Card Fraud
Fraud today can take one of various forms, as indicated. It can include cheque fraud, credit card fraud, or hacking. People today depend more on credit cards; therefore, cheque fraud is not as prevalent. However, the misuse of a credit card is a common offence. As a result, this crime is often addressed in the courts.
Hacking, as noted, also falls under a fraud crime in Western Australia. Gaining access to a restricted computer can result in some harsh penalties. Frauds are also committed by itinerant traders, groups who scam homeowners by offering roof painting or bitumen laying services. Back-of-truck deals on electronics also fall under this category.
As indicated, identity theft is on the rise too in Australia. This type of fraud can take one of various forms. Basically, identity theft can range from illegally using a credit card to assuming the whole identity of another person. This theft may also include performing business in another person’s name without his or her approval.