De Micco & Friends defents victims of cibercrime scams against scammers world wide. We co-operate very close with internet providers, local authoities, Interpol and the FBI. Cybercrime is a serious accusation which can send a person to prison for years. An attorney experienced in the world of cybercrime has some choices when it comes to choosing a defense.
In co-operation with our partners and senior partners we offer legal services to online scam victims.
We defend victims of online scams
Situation painfully embarrassing for the victims
Many victims of Internet fraud do not go after perpetrators for two reasons. To some it's just embarrassing to have fallen into the trap of such fraudsters. Therefore, they abstain from legal action and simply record the loss as an unpleasant "life experience". This is exactly what many scammers will speculate! Yet, no victim of a crime or an act of violence should ever feel fraud is embarrassing! It can happen to everyone and we are always smarter afterwards! Especially in the area of cybercrime and international organizations, major corporations and law firms themselves have fallen victims of undoubtedly skillful and brazen fraudsters and organized gangs. Furthermore, in many cases, there is no complaint and no prosecution against the perpetrators because victims assume that the fraudsters cannot be prosecuted in the original countries/sites such as Nigeria, Ghana and Russia.
De Micco & Friends has developed a strategy to locate, view, and recover the sums captured the perpetrators in their original countries.
It is not easy to find from Europe or the USA online scammers in the countries concerned and even more difficult to recover the losses incurred. But it is not impossible! The best and probably the only way is to act at the locations of the fraudsters. Most of the scams worldwide are not tracked. The fraudsters can escape, because it is very difficult to track down them. Police and authorities are overwhelmed because of the international structures and organizations of scammers. The only way to get a scammer is to co-operate direct with the local authorities.
De Micco & Friends defends victims of cybercrime scams worldwide. The lawyers co-operate very close with internet providers, local authorities, Interpol and the FBI. In co-operation with our partners and senior partners in Nigeria, Ghana, Russia and Asia we offer legal services to victims.
We represent victims of scammers around the world and fight for their interests. Victims of online fraud of any kind, where a loss of at least € 5,000 has arisen, may now be represented by our firm at a flat rate. In cooperation with our colleagues who represent you in the countries concerned, we offer the following services:
- Evaluation of the case (Is there a case of fraud? Can damage be invoked?)
- Determining the identity and the whereabouts of the perpetrators
- Lodging a complaint against the perpetrators
- Claim compensation or repayment of sums looted...
Online Fraud is growing
Online fraud cost companies and individuals billions of dollars each year, cutting dramatically into earnings. Both online and offline, the true cost of dealing with online fraud is growing, with retailers losing $3.08 for every dollar of fraud they incurred in 2014. This is up from $2.79 in 2013. Mobile fraud is driving these costs upward, since the cost of online fraud is higher on mobile platforms than through other forms of payment. (Source: www.lexisnexis.com).
Scam mails come from a wide variety of sources, and they usually fall into a few distinct categories:
Presenting the potential victim with fake logins in an effort to steal credentials. Anything from online banking to your Myspace account is up for grabs here. Okay, maybe not your Myspace.
A fake invoice, a phony bill, a dodgy parking ticket despite the fact that you don’t own a car and go to work on a skateboard? Your final destination here could be a Botnet, blackmail, credential theft or some other horrible thing.
You’ve won the lottery / a mysterious sum of money is owed to you / a spaceman is trapped in orbit and needs your help. These mails are a fast track to becoming a money mule if you’re not careful (while getting yourself into trouble at the same time). Learn more about the 4-1-9 scam here.
Buying pills from random websites is not a good idea, for obvious reasons...
Some of these scams fall into certain “behind the scenes” patterns, in as much as they may be run by specific individuals or organised criminal groupswho make vast sums of money by being incredibly good with an unlimited phantasy at ripping people off.
|1||Cheque, Plastic Card and Online Bank Accounts||Involves, for example, cards and card details being used for gambling and shopping online, as well as debit cards being cloned|
|2||Other Advance Fee Frauds||Includes scams for PPI claims, scams involving compensation for bank charges, and motor scams where the buyer requests an upfront fee to secure the sale of the vehicle at a cost to the seller|
|2||Other Consumer Non Investment Fraud||Involves the purchase of items which are often subsequently found to either not exist, be inferior to those originally stated or are stolen|
|4||Online Shopping and Auctions||Online Shopping and Auctions Fraud involves a wide variety of methods, including bogus websites, or the exploitation of legitimate sale platforms and spoofed payment services, that whilst looking legitimate, are in fact controlled by the fraudster. Another recent scam involves fraudsters exploiting online shopping applications|
|5||Dating Scam||Involves the befriending of a victim over social networking or chat rooms and, after a relationship is struck, they use emotive reasons to persuade the victim to send money|
|6||Computer Virus \ Malware \ Spyware||Involves sending computer virus’ or programmes which are designed to harm the computers of the people who receive them|
|7||Hacking - Social Media and Email||Involves gaining unauthorised access to a person’s email/social media account/s|
|8||Rental Fraud||Involves advance fees/rent being paid in respect of rental of premises that don’t exist, are not for rent, are already rented or are rented to multiple victims at the same time|
|9||Ticket Fraud||Involves the purchase of tickets for an event such as a concert or holiday where it transpires that the tickets don’t exist, don’t materialise or are related to a company that doesn’t exist|
|10||Unclassified scams||Includes all other fraud by false representation or obtaining services dishonestly, that are not covered elsewhere.|
Resources for Identifying Scams
- FBI – New E-Scams & Warnings
Information and warnings about recent e-scams identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Hot Scams
An international anti-scam website for reporting, sharing and dissemination of scam info.
- Known Legal Professional Impersonator Scams
Scams involving the impersonation of legal professional that HG.org is personally aware of.
- Ripoff Report
Consumer advocate site. . .the victims’ advocate, civil and human rights activists, Nationwide Consumer Reporting News Agency. . . by consumers, for consumers. The Ripoff Report forum allows consumers to speak out against companies, businesses, governments, and individuals who have treated them unfairly.
- Scam Check Station
Curious whether or not it’s a scam? Find out at the Internet ScamBusters Scam Check Station. Provides info and links regarding recent scams and helpful tips for recognizing and avoiding these schemes.
Blog forum largely dedicated to identifying various scams, frauds and cons and warning potential victims. Includes the following scam categories: Internet; MLM/Pyramid; Religious; Nigerian; Work at Home; Medical; Investment; Corporate; Mail Order; Lottery; Government; Insurance; Mortgage; Retail; Charity; Use Car; Auction; Hotel; and Others.
- Snopes.com – Nigerian Scam, “4-1-9” or Advance Fee Fraud scheme
Letters/emails from a foreign nation are sent to addresses obtained from mailings lists. They promise large sums of money as a reward for helping officials of that government, bank, agency, etc., out of a dire situation or legal problem.
- USA.gov – Consumer Frauds and Scams
USA.gov was legislatively mandated through Section 204 of the E-Government Act of 2002. As the U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. USA.gov also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government. The Consumer Frauds and Scams Section provides links and information about scams and how to avoid them, as well as specific information about current scams to be aware of.