In an elaborate cyber crime, a website advertising a fake bridal show to be held in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center this coming weekend scammed thousands of brides and vendors of several thousand dollars. The website, The Boston 411, targeted people and vendors through popular bridal event websites and common social media sites such as Facebook.
The internet bridal scam was not discovered until recently when vendors started calling the Convention Center in Boston asking when they could start setting up their booths. It wasn’t until that time that the police were contacted and Hynes Convention Center officials confirming that no bridal event had even been scheduled.
The Associated Press reports that approximately 6,000 people and vendors signed up for the non-existent show. Potential attendees prepaid a registration fee of up to $15, and vendors losing several thousand dollars, some up to $4,000, for reserving floor space and producing advertising materials for the event. The internet scammers reportedly secured payments for their fraudulent crime-scheme by demanding online payments through PayPal or similar online money transfer services.
Due to the complex nature of cyber crimes, it is important to consult with a criminal defense attorney who has the knowledge and experience in defending internet crimes.
Boston Criminal Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis has experience in defending persons charged with Cyber Crimes. For a Free Consultation to discuss your criminal case, e-mail criminal defense lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis or call him directly at 617-325-9500.