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Advance Fee Fraud Defence
JMW provides expert advice and representation to businesses and individuals facing accusations of advance fee fraud and other types of banking fraud. We can also assist firms and banks that have been caught up in a scheme unsuspectingly. Our solicitors have vast experience in dealing with all kinds of banking fraud and have the specialist knowledge to deal with the most complex of cases.
At JMW, we can provide legal assistance for individuals and businesses accused of advance fee fraud or any other form of banking fraud. Advance fee fraud involves asking people to make payment for goods or services upfront or in advance, often believing they will stand to benefit financially as a result. However, the anticipated goods, services or money never materialise.
Such fraud is often referred to as the '419 scam' because Section 419 of the Nigerian Penal Code prohibits advance fee fraud. The scam often involves an elaborate email requesting individuals' bank details and an upfront fee in order to help the sender get cash out of the country, and the promise of a large fee in return. However, the transfer of these funds never takes place.
There are also many other kinds of banking fraud that can unwittingly cause trouble for companies. Cybercriminals commit banking fraud by hiding transactions to make them appear as though they originated somewhere else, or to hide the identity of the true beneficiary. People can unwittingly become involved in deceitful transactions that lead to them being accused of fraud.
We can assist in relation to any form of banking fraud, including:
- Bank card fraud
- Cheque fraud
- Counterfeit cheque fraud
- False accounting fraud
- Prime bank guarantee fraud
- Account takeover
- Bank account fraud
Our solicitors are recognised as leaders in this area of the law and our comprehensive service draws on the knowledge of a range of other professionals, from accountants to computer forensic experts.
Why Choose JMW?
If your company is under investigation or you have been personally accused of committing banking fraud, the expert team at JMW will act fast to fight your corner. If required, we will search for and find forensic evidence to demonstrate that fraudulent transactions were being processed without the knowledge of either yourself or your firm.
Our experienced team has the skill and knowhow to build the very best defence against accusations of facilitating any kind of banking fraud. We can also represent individuals who have been accused of involvement in fraudulent banking transactions, whether they work for a bank or are a member of the public.
We are able to represent people from across the UK, including Manchester and London, and our team is regarded as a national leader in this field.
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