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Have You Been Charged With a Business Email Compromise Scheme?

What is a (BEC Scheme) or Business Email Compromise Scheme and How Can I Defend
Against the Charges?

Business Email Compromise (BEC) is a sophisticated form of email scam that targets
businesses to defraud them of money. These schemes exploit the trust inherent in business
email communications to deceive employees into transferring funds or sharing sensitive
information. BEC attacks are particularly insidious because they often do not involve malware or malicious attachments, making them difficult to detect with traditional email security measures.

In a typical BEC attack, the perpetrators impersonate high-level executives, business partners, or trusted vendors, or attorneys using compromised or spoofed email accounts. The primary objective is to convince employees to initiate fraudulent wire transfers to bank accounts controlled by the attackers. These scams have become increasingly prevalent and have led to significant financial losses for businesses worldwide.

Common types of BEC scams include:

  • CEO Fraud: Impersonating executives to request urgent fund transfers.
  • Account Compromise: Using hacked employee email accounts to request payments.
  • False Invoice Scheme: Posing as suppliers to redirect payments.
  • Attorney Impersonation: Pretending to be lawyers to target lower-level employees.
  • Data Theft: Attempting to obtain sensitive information about executives or employees.

Given the substantial risks associated with BEC schemes, it’s crucial for individuals and
organizations to be well-prepared to defend against such charges and to hire a criminal defense law firm that has experts in technology. Here are some key recommendations for those accused of these crimes:

  • Understand the Charges: Familiarize yourself with the specific allegations and the evidence the prosecution has against you.
  • Consult a Criminal Defense Attorney: Engage a criminal defense attorney experienced in BEC cases to guide you through the legal process.
  • Gather Evidence: Collect all relevant communications, emails, and documents that can help establish your innocence or mitigate the charges. Again it’s possible that these types of scams have originated from businesses emails or computers connected to your networks.
  • Implement Security Measures: Demonstrate that you have taken steps to enhance email security and prevent future incidents.
  • Employee Training: Show that your organization has implemented comprehensive employee training programs to recognize and handle suspicious requests.

For those accused of involvement in a BEC scheme, a robust defense strategy is essential. It is entirely possible that a BEC scheme could have been committed using your network or email accounts that originate on your network. A strong defense involves a thorough understanding of the charges, leveraging expert technical legal counsel. If you face serious email conspiracy charges, then please contact the attorneys at Dhar Law LLP who can assist you to fight these serious federal charges. Our federal criminal defense team has defended many cybercrime cases such as hacking and crimes involving the dark web. Contact us today at 617-880-6155 to learn more.


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