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What are Internet crimes?

Internet crimes come in many shapes and forms, but if you've been accused of committing one, the offense is serious. Fraud, identity theft, child pornography, and other kinds of Internet crimes can be charged at the state and federal level, putting you at risk of facing serious time behind bars.

Internet crimes are any illegal activities that take place online through the Internet or with the use of online services. The three primary cybercrimes that are considered to be Internet crimes include cyberstalking, Internet scams, and identity theft. Other kinds may include email phishing, spreading viruses, data hacking, trade secret theft, and financial extortion.

If you're accused of one of these crimes, it's true that you'll need to defend yourself immediately. There could be an explanation for the alleged crime, but that doesn't mean you don't need to protect your rights. Here's a good example of how you could be accused of a crime you didn't intend on.

If you were working on a public computer and intended on ordering a product, you'd sign onto the computer, go to the site, and check out once you chose the product. If the last user did not sign out correctly, it would be possible to order an item to yourself and to use the other person's credit card or banking information. In some cases, you may not realize that you did so, like if you choose to send the product to a new address and use one-click ordering.

You could be accused of identity theft or credit card theft in that case, even if it wasn't intentional. You'd need to show that the other party was responsible and that you didn't know you used the wrong banking information to defend yourself successfully.

Source: Techopedia, "Internet Crime," accessed Sep. 08, 2015

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