But IANAL, and that's why I come to the SDMB for help.
Well, I had already looked up the section they website cites. Which would be appropriate since it's the internet.
Today, I was reading some webmail at a site which has popups that the Google toolbar does not block.
Due to some poor mouse-clicking skills, I ended up at the signup page for this online dating service. Code authorizes fines of up to 0,000 and jail sentences of up to five years.
citizen to send money or credit card information for living expenses, travel expenses, or "visa costs." The anonymity of the Internet means that the U. citizen cannot be sure of the real name, age, marital status, nationality, or even gender of the correspondent. American citizens are advised never to send money to anyone they have not met in person. visa is real or if this individual has applied for a visa? I’ve heard there are blacklists of known Internet dating scammers.
I've just now read Section 1346, and it's not too helpful.
As with most offences, the penalty depends on whether you are prosecuted by summary conviction or by indictment.
Complete and authoritative information on applying for a U. visa is available on the Department of State’s webpage on Visa Information for Temporary Visitors. Embassy receives reports almost every day of fraud committed against U. citizens by Internet correspondents professing love and romantic interest. The internet dating scams include some common elements: Please keep in mind that, the U. Embassy in Moscow does not have the authorization to initiate investigations of these scams. Making false or deceptive statements on a return is coverered under Paragraphs 238 and 239 of the Income Tax Act (1985).Penalties range from 50% to 200% of the unpaid tax as a result of the false statements, with an option of up to 5 years' prison.Normally, I would have closed it the window without thinking, but my attention was grabbed by the big blue warning box that says "MARRIED PEOPLE NEED NOT APPLY" and goes on to say: If you are married and posing as single, be aware that you could be guilty of fraud and subject to civil and criminal penalties under federal and state law. TRUE reserves the right to report violators to law enforcement authorities and seek prosecution or civil redress to the fullest extent of the law. Can you really be convicted of fraud for telling a single person that you're also single when you're not?
I understand that it's a lie, a misrepresentation, and not very nice. I can see how you can stretch the "you're a big fat liar" connotation of fraud to fit this scenario.