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Understanding different types of mail fraud

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2022 | White Collar Crimes

Letters and contracts deceiving recipients into providing money or assets are mail fraud. This crime is punishable by hefty fines and imprisonment of up to 20 years.

The government searches for postal fraud targeting all sorts of demographics. Anyone facing accusations of mail fraud requires a robust legal defense.


Those getting on in years may be especially susceptible. When cognitive abilities start failing, these individuals are at greater risk.

Schemers might inform victims they are winners of a contest. According to the dishonest rules, targets must send a check before payment can arrive.

Other villains have a habit of offering cut-rate medications from overseas. These products are often not what they appear. Sometimes, nothing arrives whatsoever.

A more complicated gambit involves an offer for a free home inspection. The violator then arrives and insists on performing unnecessary repairs at great expense.


Those who serve in the military might receive fraudulent bills. Such invoices claim they owe for services from the Department of Veterans Affairs. In reality, these benefits are free. Other times, exclusive offers magically appear. The targets later discover these discounts are either misrepresentations or nonexistent.


Those without incomes are vulnerable for obvious reasons. Citizens lacking salaries are prone to falling for work offers that ask for upfront fees. They may face exposure to supposed investment opportunities that are worthless. Another possibility is they find themselves caught up in a pyramid scheme.

Facing accusations of mail fraud is serious. Communications must never be interpretable as playing a role in criminal activity.