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Five Types of Electronic Identity Theft in Wisconsin

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shutterstock_258726044.jpgThe internet is a prominent part of our everyday lives. Many people turn to the internet when they have questions, want to purchase something online, or become interested in connecting with other people through various social media platforms. Additionally, with the increase in remote workspaces and work-from-home lifestyles, more and more people are using the internet on a daily basis. 

Unfortunately, some internet users find themselves facing criminal charges for electronic identity theft. If you or a loved one were charged with identity theft or another computer-related crimes, contact an attorney for help.

What is Electronic Identity Theft? 

Electronic identity theft is the act of stealing identifiable information about other people by way of the internet using electronic devices. The term refers to a criminal act in which thieves are able to access personal information, including debit card PINs and Social Security numbers, with the intention of stealing someone‚Äôs identity. 

Five types of electronic identity theft for which Wisconsin residents may face charges include:

  • Pharming

  • Phishing

  • Pretexting

  • Skimming

  • Smishing 

Penalties for Identity Theft in Wisconsin

Identity theft is typically considered a Class H felony. This means that criminal penalties for identity theft can include up to six years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. Prosecutors in Wisconsin often advocate for especially harsh penalties in identity theft cases. Even if you have no criminal record, you could be looking at several years of incarceration. Do not speak to police or answer their questions. Remain silent and contact a lawyer for legal advice and representation.

Contact a Waukesha, WI Identity Theft Lawyer Today

Criminal charges for identity theft can threaten your career, personal reputation, and even your freedom. If you or a loved one were charged with identity theft, contact a New Berlin identity theft defense attorney as soon as possible. Call 262-232-6699 to schedule a free consultation with Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP. Our




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