According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cybercrime is any
type of criminal activity committed by means of the computer or internet.
There are state and federal task forces exclusively focused on eradicated
this type of crime. Cybercrimes are prosecuted harshly, which is why more
people should be aware of what constitutes a cybercrime.
Cybercrimes can take the form of scams. The FBI lists a variety of common
types of internet fraud. One is internet auction fraud. Sites such as
eBay can be used to defraud buyers by selling fake merchandise or charging
the customer money but never delivering the product. Credit card fraud
is another common type of cybercrime as is investment fraud.
Chapter 18 of the United States Code details the federal laws against computer-related fraud.
Certain types of internet pornography can be considered cybercrimes. Downloading
or distributing pornography is illegal when it involves someone under
the age of 18. Even people who download child pornography unknowingly
or download it without knowing the child's age can be charged with
this type of cybercrime, also a sex offense.
Cybercrime can even be a type of theft. Anyone who uses the internet or
a computer to defraud for the purpose of financial gain will likely be
charged with a cybercrime, which could be a state or federal criminal
offense. Hacking into a computer or a computer network and various methods
of fraud can all be means to steal information for the purpose of stealing money.
If you have been accused of a cybercrime, you need a strong legal advocate
on your side. Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at Martinian
& Associates today. We are highly experienced in felony offenses and
are equipped to defend clients in federal court when necessary. To learn more,
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