According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), people are more likely to fall victim to fraud or cyber offences than any other crime. In the year leading up to March 2019, there were over 740,000 crimes reported and a staggering £2.2 billion was lost by victims. 65% of those crimes reported were from businesses and 35% from individuals.
Cyber fraud is any crime committed via a computer with the intent to corrupt personal or financial information stored online. The most popular cybercrimes 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 too, 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:
At Harding Evans, our dispute resolution team is highly experienced in dealing with cases like these, including international cases, and can help individuals and businesses who have fallen victim to cyber fraud 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, we are 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.
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