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In today’s digital age, inadvertently committing computer fraud is easier than ever. With so much of our personal and financial information stored online, it’s no surprise that cybercriminals are constantly looking for ways to exploit vulnerabilities in computer systems to steal information and money.

But what about the rest of us? Could you be accused of computer fraud?

The short answer is yes. Even if you have no intention of committing computer fraud, several actions could lead to accusations of wrongdoing. Jeffery P. Manciagli, Attorney at Law in Atlanta, reviews some of the most common reasons you could be accused of computer fraud.

Unauthorized Access

One of the most common forms of computer fraud is unauthorized access. This occurs when someone gains access to a system or network without permission. It could be as simple as guessing someone’s password or as complex as exploiting a security vulnerability.

Even if you didn’t intend to cause harm, simply accessing a system without permission can be considered computer fraud. This is especially true if you accessed confidential information or made changes to the system, even with verbal permission that cannot be verified.


Phishing is a type of computer fraud that involves tricking people into giving up their personal or financial information. This is typically done through email or social media messages that appear to be from a legitimate source.

If you forward such a suspicious email to another person, you could be accused of computer fraud and identity theft. This could result in significant fines and even prison time.


Malware is another common form of computer fraud. This involves creating and distributing software that is designed to harm computer systems or steal information. Malware can be spread through email attachments, downloads, or social media.

If you’re accused of distributing malware, even by forwarding an infected email or social media post, you could be accused of computer fraud and face serious criminal charges.

Using Stolen Information

Using stolen information is another way you could be accused of computer fraud. This could be something as simple as using someone else’s credit card information to make an online purchase, or as complex as using stolen data to commit identity theft.

If you’re accused of using stolen information because you borrowed a friend or family’s member’s credit card or banking information to make a purchase, you could be accused of computer fraud and face significant legal consequences.

Atlanta Computer Fraud Attorney

Computer fraud is a serious crime that can result in significant fines and even prison time. While you may not intend to commit computer fraud, there are a number of actions that could lead to accusations of wrongdoing. To avoid any potential legal trouble, it’s important to be vigilant regarding computer security and always obtain proper permissions before accessing systems or networks.

If you are accused of computer fraud in Atlanta, contact the Law Office of Jeffery P. Manciagli at (404) 642-9080 for a free consultation to discuss your options.

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