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The Criminal Side of Online Dating

Love. Soulmate. Companionship. At some point we all want to experience it. We search high and low for someone who we can call our own and when we find him or her, most of us try to hold on tight. With the increase of technology and different paths available to find love, such as online dating, meeting people has become considerably convenient. However, crime has also increased due to the convenience of “love” and technology. If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime associated with online dating, it is important for you to seek legal advice. Contact an experienced Florida criminal law attorney to help you with your case. Crimes and Online Dating: What You Should Know Though online dating has been around for a while, in recent years online dating has become a trend and although there have been some very successful relationships resulting from online dating, there has also been an increase in crime. For instance, recently in Florida, a woman who moved from Alabama to Florida to be with a man she met online vanished. This is not the first time nor the last time that online dating has led to a potential crime. In 2010 Carol Markin went on a date with a man she met online, and after he asked to use her bathroom, he raped her. Though online dating is a booming industry, it can also be a scary one. Online dating crimes in recent years have consisted of sexual offenses, money laundering, and extortion scams. Targeting women over 40, who are divorced or widowed, money laundering has become significantly easy for those who have joined dating sites. According to the AARP, the FBI says that Americans lost approximately $82 million to online dating fraud in only six months in the year of 2014, and that number is only for those who chose to report the problem. Because online dating crimes have increased and most dating sites do not make their users submit background checks, Florida has proposed bills that would require a dating service to notify their consumers on whether or not they have conducted background checks. Need Legal Advice? Being charged with any crime can be overwhelming, however, this is definitely the case when the crime is considered to be a crime associated to online dating. If convicted, you can face imprisonment, fines, registering as a sex offender, as well as probation and community service. Because of this, it is invaluable to seek legal advice. If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime associated with online dating, contact Moses & Rooth Attorneys at Law  at (407) 377-0150  to help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case. Contact our office today for a free consultation.  

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Florida law enforcement is cracking down on cyber crime this month

October has been designated National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As a result, Florida officials are cracking down on cyber theft crimes, internet child pornography crimes and other electronically-based offenses. Florida is being targeted by both state and federal officials especially, due to the number of identity theft cases which have been reported to the Federal Trade Commission in recent years. While just over 8,300 of these cases were reported by Florida residents and businesses in 2007, more than 17,600 were reported in 2011. This jump has caused law enforcement to target Florida offenders in particular this year. In fact, Florida offenders are such a priority for federal law enforcement that a top United States Secret Service director recently made a visit to the Sunshine State to discuss enforcement issues with federal, state and local officials. Southern and Central Florida are considered the identity theft capitals of America at present, given that it witnesses more of these incidents than Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and other highly populous American geographies. It is thus important for residents to understand that law enforcement will be cracking down on identity theft and other cyber crime suspects in the coming weeks. Commonly, individuals find themselves in situations where they behave with good intentions, yet end up in hot water related to cyber crime charges. If you are at all concerned that you may be targeted as a suspect for this kind of infraction, it is advisable that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your situation and explore your options. Source: Sun Sentinel, “Top Secret Service agent helps kick off cyber-crime campaign in South Florida,” Ihosvani Rodriguez, Oct. 11, 2012

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