Internet Consumer and Online Auction Fraud

Online auction fraud is probably the most frequently reported type of Internet fraud. In 2009, the FBI reported that it received more than 70,000 complaints of online auction fraud at its Internet Crime Complaint Center, representing 25 percent of total complaints. These are federal charges; if you have been charged with operating a fraudulent Internet auction scheme, it is critical to have a defense attorney familiar with federal criminal procedure and the courts where these charges are frequently brought.

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Former Prosecutor on Your Side

At The Law Offices of David T. Schlendorf in Toms River, New Jersey, attorney Schlendorf appears regularly in federal court. In addition, he is a certified criminal trial attorney, a distinction achieved by only 2 percent of New Jersey lawyers. As a former prosecutor, he has the experience and knowledge to defend clients effectively against online auction fraud charges.

How Auction Schemes Work

Online auction and retail schemes typically offer allegedly high-value items at great discounts through online auction sites. Buyers send in their money, use a credit card or an online payment service such as PayPal, but either receive nothing at all or a less valuable substitute. Fraudulent auction schemes sometimes send prospective buyers to websites that do not have the protections available from eBay or other major online auction sites, making credit card fraud or theft possible.

Defending Against State and Federal Online Auction Fraud Charges

Defending clients against these charges requires a painstaking review of the evidence. Mr. Schlendorf forces the prosecution to prove its case, making sure that any evidence used was gathered in accordance with the law. These are not trivial charges; individuals convicted receive prison sentences and criminal records that can affect their futures profoundly.

Attorney David T. Schlendorf has handled numerous online auction fraud cases, defending clients against charges of misrepresentation, credit card theft and failure to pay. Call or e-mail him to schedule an initial consultation so that he can put his knowledgeable and determined advocacy to work for you. The firm serves clients throughout New Jersey, including those in communities such as Toms River, Atlantic City, New Brunswick, Brick and Old Bridge.