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What are common internet crimes?

Internet crimes require a strong defense because of the serious penalties and consequences an individual accused of committing certain internet crimes may face. Because computers are such a common part of our daily lives, many people may wonder what constitutes an internet crime. Internet crimes can include a variety of online activities so it is important to be familiar with what they are.

Some common internet crimes include cyber bullying which is also sometimes referred to as cyber stalking. Cyber bullying includes the use of a computer, tablet, phone, email or other electronic communication device to harass another individual or cause that individual undue emotional stress. Internet fraud is another common category of internet crime. Internet fraud is essentially the practice of using the internet, including certain websites, to obtain money from individuals through deceptive methods.

Phishing scams are another common type of internet crime. Phishing scams involve sending an email that seems legitimate to gather personally-identifiable information from the recipient. Identity theft is another common type of internet crime that involves stealing the identity of another individual and using it for personal gain. Spam is yes another type of internet crime that includes unsolicited bulk email. Internet crimes carry serious potential penalties and quantities and should be taken seriously regardless of the internet crime being alleged.

When an individual has been accused of committing an internet crime, it is important that they are familiar with the criminal defense resources available to help them combat the charges they are facing. Criminal defense rights apply in every situation, regardless of the circumstances, so it is always important for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights and how they can help with the crimes they have been accused of committing.

Source: Florida Department of Law Enforcement, "Common Complaints," Accessed Sept. 28, 2017

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