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Overview

Email Spoofing. Email spoofing is a serious computer crime with a likelihood of imprisonment. Unfortunately because email spoofing is typically sophisticated, the government is likely to arrest the innocent individual whose email address has been spoofed. Moreover, many attorneys do not have the background and/or knowledge to successfully defend a person accused of email spoofing. Someone accused of email spoofing needs the expertise of a strong computer crime defense attorney.

What is email spoofing?

Email spoofing is the forgery of the sender's email address so that the message appears to have originated from the sender, but in reality the sender is not the source of the email. It’s similar to faking the return address on an envelope. Email spoofing is a computer crime since it’s considered a fraud. An accusation of creating a false email header, email header forgery, or sending a spoofed email is serious since it is considered a computer crime with a likelihood of imprisonment.

Email spoofing accusations fall under Email SPAM laws. (See table below.) A spoofed email may appear to be from a lawful source, but it’s typically malicious in nature and contains defamatory or damaging information, or it may ask for personal information, passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal information, or it may offer a business proposition in which the sender offers to pay a certain amount and sends a fraudulent check for many times the agreed upon amount with the purpose of the receiver to send a refund with a lawful check in which the receiver has to eventually reimburse the bank.

Attorney Michael K. Cernyar has over twenty years of experience in computer investigations and computer forensics and is highly sought after for computer crime defense and in protecting your Rights against accusations of email spoofing.

Note: Some or all provisions of some of the state laws listed below may be preempted by the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, including provisions regarding a private right of action.

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 Statute

Alaska Alaska Stat. § 45.50.479
Arizona Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 44-1372 et seq., 44-7201, -7202, -7203, -7204
Arkansas Ark. Code §§ 5-41-205, 4-88-60 et seq.
California Cal. Business & Professions Code §§ 17529-17529.9, 17538.41, 17538.45, 22948, et seq.
Colorado Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 6-1-702.5, 18-5-308
Connecticut Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53-451, 52-570c
Delaware Del. Code tit. 11 § 937 - 941
Florida Fla. Stat. § 668.60 et seq.
Georgia Ga. Code §§ 16-9-92, 16-9-100 to 109
Idaho Idaho Code § 48-603E
Illinois 720 ILCS 5/16D-3, 815 ILCS 511/1 et seq.
Indiana Ind. Code § 24-5-22
Iowa Iowa Code §§ 716A.1 to -.7
Kansas Kan. Stat. § 50-6,107
Louisiana La. Rev. Stat. §§ 14:73.1, 14:73.6, 51:2001, 51:2002, 51:2003, 51:2004
Maine Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 10 § 1497
Maryland Md. Code §§ 14-3001-3002-3003
Michigan Mich. Comp. Laws § 445.2501 et seq., § 752.1061 to .1068 (Child protection registry)
Minnesota Minn. Stat. § 325F.694
Missouri Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 407.1123, .1126, .1129, .1132
Nevada Nev. Rev. Stat. §§ 205.492, 205.511 to .513, 41.705 to .735
New Mexico N.M. Stat. §§ 57-12-23, -24
North Carolina N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-453 - 458, 1-539.2A
North Dakota N.D. Cent. Code § 51-27-01
Ohio Ohio Rev. Code § 2307.64
Oklahoma Okla. Stat. tit. 15 § 776.1 -776.7
Pennsylvania 73 Pa. Stat. 2250.1, 2250.2, 2250.3, 2250.4, 2250.5, 2250.6, 2250.7, 2250.8 
Rhode Island R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 6-47-2, 11-52-1, 11-52-2, 11-52-4.1, 11-52-6
South Dakota S.D. Codified Laws § 37-24-4237-24-43, 37-24-44, 37-24-45, 37-24-46, 37-24-47, 37-24-48
Tennessee Tenn. Code §§ 47-18-2501, -2502, §§ 39-14-603, 39-14-605
Texas Texas Bus. & Com. Code Ann. § 321.001 et seq.
Utah Utah Code §§ 13-39-101, -102, -201, -202 (Child protection registry)
Virginia Va. Code §§ 18.2-152.3C1, 18.2-152.4, -152.12
Washington Wash. Rev. Code §§ 19.190.010 to .110
West Virginia W. Va. Code §§ 46A-6G1 to -6G5
Wisconsin Wis. Stat. § 944.25
Wyoming Wyo. Stat. §§ 40-12-401, 40-12-404