In Virginia, mail fraud is a serious crime. People do not realize how serious it is. In fact, a lot of people do not even know what falls under the definition of mail fraud. 

Today, we will take a look at the answers to these questions. We will define mail fraud. We will also see how the law treats it. Is it a felony? Is it a misdemeanor? How bad is it if you get convicted? 

What is fraud? 

Cornell Law School talks about what defines mail fraud. First, they define fraud. The act of defrauding someone is tricking them into losing assets or money. In some cases, it involves denying them an honest service that they paid for. Fraud must involve some form of trickery or deceit. It often involves lying by omission or so on. Fraud schemes involve anything that defrauds an individual. 

Next, they point out that mail and wire fraud are two separate crimes. People often lump them together despite this. Wire fraud only covers electronic forms of communication. This includes texts, emails and phone calls. 

What defines mail fraud 

Mail fraud involves the physical use of the postal system. It is important to note that this does not cover the United States Postal Service. It also encompasses anything sent through private mail carriers. If you send something through the mail that is a tool to defraud someone else, it is mail fraud. 

Because of the involvement of the postal system, mail fraud is also a federal crime. This means the law views it as a felony. Having a felony on your record can do a lot of damage. Not only that, but you may have to do time in jail and pay huge fines.