Phoenix Cellular Phone Fraud Lawyer
Most of the population uses cellular phones every single day. We all use them to make calls, send text messages, take photos, send photos to friends and family, and even manage our schedules. They have become an important part of our lives.
Unfortunately, the popularity of cellular phones have also contributed to the amount of crime that is occurring. Many consumers are falling for schemes that are carried out over cell phones. There are also those times when someone may be falsely accused of cellular phone fraud and that means having to hire an attorney to defend you so that you do not have to pay for a crime you didn’t do or pay harsher penalties than what you should have to.
Cellular Phone Fraud Defined
The FCC defines cell phone fraud as the tampering, unauthorized use, or modification of a cellular phone or service. These crimes started occurring in the 1990s when cell phone use was ramped up. This resulted in the Wireless Telephone Protection Act of 1998. This act was designed to criminalize the manufacturing, sale, or possession of hardware or software that could be used to create fraudulent cellular phones, which is known as “cloning.”
Those that know how to clone a cellular phone do so by using advanced software and hardware devices in addition to the phone’s electronic serial number to illegally transmit data from a cell phone. It is possible to make one phone transmit the phone number and ESN of another. If that phone is used to commit illegal acts, the actual owner of the number and ESN could be charged with a crime without having done anything wrong.
In addition, cell phones have been used in identity theft and subscriber fraud. Subscriber fraud occurs when a fraudster buys a cell phone and establishes the account in another person’s name. They usually do this by having the personal information of the person they are impersonating. This is something that is very difficult to clean up once it is found out.
Skilled Arizona Federal Criminal Defense
Sometimes, individuals commit cellular phone fraud and they have no idea that they did. For instance, kids may find it fun to clone cell phones. Then again, an innocent person’s phone may have been cloned and used in an illegal act. No matter the charge, you will need to contact a qualified attorney who has access to all of the resources and experts needed to help you achieve a positive outcome in your case.
Contact An Arizona Cellular Phone Fraud Attorney
Being charged with cellular phone fraud is confusing and it is difficult. It does have to be proven that you were the one to commit the crime. If evidence is weak or non-existent, then this can be shown to the prosecution through negotiations or the fact can be presented to the court in order to move for case dismissal or a reduction in charges. To find out more about how we can help, call us at 602-926-7373 for a free consultation.