Not all fraud is committed knowingly, which is why it’s so important
to defend yourself if you’re accused of a crime. Your attorney is
familiar with situations like yours; maybe you used a credit card and
were accused of fraud or were mistaken for someone who is known for credit
card fraud. In any situation, the right defense can help you protect yourself.
There are some ways you could be committing fraud without realizing it.
For example, if you use someone else’s credit card without permission,
that constitutes fraud, which most people understand. However, if you
have permission, you could still be committing fraud and the terms of
the cardholder’s agreement.
Using a fake credit card to sign up for a trial online is another kind
of fraud. Some people do this to avoid being billed accidentally in the
future or to avoid being linked to the product. However, you do risk putting
in a card number that belongs to someone else or breaking the terms of
agreement on the site.
Another situation that could be fraudulent is if you dispute your own credit
card charges. For example, if you make an online purchase and then call
to request a refund for fraud, then you’re committing a crime. Of
course, there are times when people forget they made a charge or don’t
recognize the name attached to the charge, so mistakes are made.
In all these cases, it’s unlikely that you intended to defraud anyone.
Your defense attorney may be able to help you create a strong defensive
argument for your case.
Source: The Huffington Post, “4 Ways You’re Accidentally Committing Credit Card Fraud,” accessed Oct. 05, 2016.