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Can you tell me what wire fraud is? I don’t understand how someone who’s been involved in a credit card scheme can be charged with wire fraud.

Wire fraud is a federal crime that involves “a fraud and an electronic method of carrying out the fraud,” said Jim Cross, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch. “Swiping a credit card or entering a credit card into a retailer’s device usually means the information is transferred as an electronic signal to the card issuer’s record keeping system, where the number is verified and a signal is returned indicating that the transaction is good to go,” Cross said, when asked for an explanation of how someone suspected in a credit card scheme can be charged with wire fraud.

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