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State Phishing Laws

State Laws Addressing "Phishing"

As of Dec. 30, 2013

Phishing is a scam where fraudsters send spam or text messages or create deceptive websites to lure personal or financial information from unsuspecting victims. The messages or websites often appear to be from well-known or seemingly trustworthy entities, but instead collect information for fraudulent purposes. Twenty-three states and Guam have laws specifically aimed at phishing schemes. Other states have laws that address computer crime, fraudulent or deceptive practices or identity theft, which could also apply to phishing crimes. See also State Spyware Laws and Computer Crime Statutes.

For practical tips from the federal government and private industry to help guard against Internet fraud, see OnGuardOnline.gov. 

 

State

Statutory Citation

Alabama Ala. Code §13A-8-114 
 

Arkansas

 Ark. Code §§ 4-111-102, 4-111-103

Arizona

 Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 44-7201 44-7203 44-720444-7202

California

 Cal. Bus & Prof. Code §§ 22948 to 22948.3

Connecticut

 Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53-454

Florida

 Fla. Stat. §§ 668.701-.705

Georgia

 Ga. Code § 16-9-93.1

Illinois

 740 ILCS §§ 7/1 - 7/15

Kentucky

 Ky. Rev. § Stat. 434.697

Louisiana

 La. Rev. Stat. §§ 51:2021 to 51:2025 to 51:2034151:2031

Maryland

 Md. Code, Fin. Inst. § 5-806 (misrepresentation as a bank)

Michigan

 MCL § 445.67a

Minnesota

 Minn. Stat. § 609.527, Subd. 5a

Montana

 Mont. Code Ann. §§ 30-14-171233-19-410

New Mexico

 N.M. Stat. § 30-16-24.1

New York

 N.Y. Gen. Bus. § 390-b

Oklahoma

 Okla. Stat. tit. 15, §§ 776.8 - 776.12

Rhode Island

 R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 11-52.1-1 to -5

Tennessee

 Tenn. Code §§ 47-18-5201 to 47-18-5205

Texas

 Tex. Business and Commerce Code §§ 325.001 - .006

Utah

 Utah Code §§ 13-40-201 -202 -203-401 

Virginia

 Virginia Code Ann. § 18:2-152.5:1

Washington

 Wash. Rev. Code §§ 19.190.080 -090 -100

Guam

 5 GCA §§ 32703, 32704 (h)
 

 

 

 

 

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