According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), people are more likely to fall victim to fraud or cyber offences than any other crime, demonstrating the significant threat of cyber crime and the impact it is having on our daily lives.
While business owners are becoming increasingly aware of the threat of being on the receiving end of a cyber-attack, the threat is more real than ever, with 39% of businesses falling foul to a cyber-intrusion over the last 12 months (ONS). Cyber fraud is any crime committed via a computer with the intent to corrupt personal or financial information stored online. The most popular cyber crimes are phishing scams, where a hacker
attempts to obtain sensitive or personal information from a computer user, online impersonation and identity theft.
Being a victim of fraud can have devastating consequences for individuals, as fraudsters can gain access to all sorts of personal information as well as their bank accounts.
For businesses, the impact of a single, successful fraudulent event can have far-reaching implications such as financial loss, loss of intellectual property, and loss of consumer confidence and trust.
In a commercial context, fraudulent conduct can cover a wide range of activities including:
● Fraudulent misrepresentation
● Breach of fiduciary duty
● Breach of trust
● Dishonest assistance
● Breach of contract
At Harding Evans, our commercial litigation lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with cases like these, including international cases. Our solicitors can help businesses who have fallen victim to cyber fraud to recover their losses and assets from online fraudulent activity.
We also have a strong track record in investigating, initiating and defending claims involving commercial fraud. We are able to move quickly to come up with practical and effective strategies to help our clients, whatever their circumstances.
If you suspect any commercially fraudulent activity, our commercial litigation lawyers will be able to provide you with a range of legal support. From information gathering, using forensic investigations to uncover fraudulent schemes, to advancing fraud cases and enforcing judgments through “trust-busting” and piercing the corporate veil (i.e. pursuing individual Directors) of deliberately opaque schemes, we can help.
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