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What is the USPS Mail Fraud Act?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) Mail Fraud Act goes into effect when money is sent through the mail for products or services. There are several postal inspection offices in many cities with hundreds of inspectors available to investigate all types of mail frauds. The USPS website archives the mail fraud cases, and The Postal Service needs to get approval from the Justice Department before taking any actions related to mail fraud.

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What is the Statute of Limitations for Mail Fraud? 

The statute of limitations for mail fraud and wire fraud prosecutions is five years under the blanket default federal statute of limitations of 18 U.S.C. § 3282. There is an exception for for mail and wire fraud schemes that affect a financial institution, in which case the statute is ten years under 18 U.S.C. § 3293.

How Serious is the Punishment for Mail Fraud in the Federal Courts?

Mail fraud punishment is determined on the basis of a number of factors such as the nature of the act, past criminal history, how badly the victims were hurt, whether co-operation was provided to the investigators, etc. Mail fraud penalties can be as severe as an imprisonment of up to 20 years, as it is generally considered a serious offense. The fines can also go up to 1 million dollars if the crime has affected a financial institution in some way.

How can Mail Fraud be reported?

A mail fraud can be reported by filing a lawsuit or arbitration case based on a claim of fraud or theft. This can alternatively be done by filing mail fraud charges, a method often used by the arbitrators. There are several other legal steps that need to be pursued for recovering the mail fraud charges. Lawyers on JustAnswer can provide their expert insights on process of reporting mail fraud cases.

What are the different kinds of Mail Fraud?

Mail Fraud can be perpetrated in different ways. The most common kinds of mail fraud are listed below:

  • Loan Mail Fraud
  • Taxes Fraud
  • School Fraud
  • Charity Fraud
  • Degree Fraud
  • Foreign Mail Fraud
  • Nigerian Mail Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Domestic Fraud
  • Postal Job Fraud
  • AIDS Cure Fraud
  • Sexual Aid Fraud
  • Real Estate Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Harassment Fraud
  • Cancer Cure Fraud
  • Mail-Order Bride Fraud
  • Weight Loss Fraud
  • Chain Letter Fraud
  • Classified Ad Fraud
  • Overseas Job Fraud
  • Student Loan Fraud
  • Dating Service Fraud
  • Failure to Pay Fraud
  • Work at Home Fraud
  • Office Supplies Fraud
  • Failure to Provide Mail Fraud
  • Vacation or Travel Fraud
  • Directory Solicitation Mail Fraud
  • False Divorce Decree Fraud
  • Prize or Sweepstakes Mail Fraud
  • Subscription/Periodical Fraud
  • Gems, Coins, Precious Metals Mail Fraud
  • Sexually Oriented Advertisement Mail Fraud
  • Credit Repair/Debt Consolidation Fraud
  • Distributorship/Multilevel Marketing Fraud
  • Misrepresentation of Product/Service Fraud

What are the Different Ways of Getting Envolved in Mail Fraud?

A person can be attracted to a mail fraud through different mediums. The most common ways by which people get entangled in a mail fraud include:

  • Fax
  • E-Mail
  • Internet
  • Radio/TV
  • In Person
  • Magazine
  • Telephone
  • U.S. Mail Newspaper

Is Questionable Advertising the Same as Mail Fraud?

Questionable advertising is not the same as mail fraud. In instances of civil cases of questionable or false advertising, one’s damages are equivalent to one’s purchase price. The cost incurred in hiring an attorney to pursue such cases dwarfs the amount of one’s damages. The easier way is to call the company, return the product, and demand a refund of the money under threat of reporting them to the FTC. A criminal complaint for questionable advertising can only be pursued by a local district attorney or U.S. attorney.

There are different types of mail fraud, and multiple channels through which it is perpetrated. Laws and penalties for mail fraud vary from state to state and can also be determined by the gravity of the offence. All this can lead to questions about the legal recourse available to you as a citizen. One way to be sure is to ask a Criminal Lawyer on JustAnswer – get expert advice quickly. The insights can even help you determine if you need to retain legal counsel.

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