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Internet Crimes Archives

Cashier accused of credit card fraud and identity theft

It seems as though South Carolina and the rest of the country are becoming an increasingly cash-less society. Nevertheless, despite more complex security measures, identity theft and credit card fraud continue to be serious issues. In many places, one need only scribble an illegible signature to approve a purchase. Even when consumers are cautious to protect their credit cards and passwords, a moment of inattention can mean devastation for a person's finances and credit score.

Internet crimes allegations follow Facebook threat

Some people in South Carolina and elsewhere have found a variety of ways in which to perpetrate crimes on the internet. Internet crimes vary in seriousness, and misdemeanor and/or felony charges may be pursued. A former student of a local school is facing a misdemeanor charge after allegedly using the internet to threaten the school.

Internet crimes: Indictment for sales of bogus pet medications

A couple in South Carolina was recently indicted on federal charges of conspiracy, violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and distributing animal products that were misbranded. These were all internet crimes that the couple allegedly committed through two websites that they used to market pet medicines in violation of federal law. The products were not approved for sale in the U.S.

Online activities that can lead to internet crimes charges

South Carolina residents may be accused of crimes they were not even aware of committing. In this age of advanced computer technology and nearly unlimited access to the internet, people may consider what they are doing as normal and harmless while, in fact, they may be busy unknowingly committing internet crimes. While identity theft is known to be criminal, it may be beneficial to be aware of other actions that can bring about arrests and criminal charges.

South Carolina woman accused of credit card fraud

After a collaboration between several South Carolina law enforcement agencies, a 26-year-old woman who is suspected of stealing other people's credit card information was recently arrested outside a hotel in Richland County. She now faces 16 counts of credit card fraud, along with some charges for credit card theft in Kershaw County. Authorities said ongoing investigations in other cities and counties might result in additional charges being filed against the suspect.

Fraudulent season ticket sales lead to Internet crimes charge

When times are tough, it is not uncommon for people to look for ways to make money. Jobs are not easy to come by, and some may resort to illegal actions in order to survive. The Internet offers an enormous platform with multiple ways to convince consumers to part with their money, hence the prevalence of Internet crimes.

Internet crimes may lead to student facing felony charges

Teenagers in South Carolina often get in to mischief; however, sometimes mischief tends to escalate into something much more serious that can have devastating consequences. A 17-year-old student of a high school in another state may be facing felony charges after causing mayhem on the computer network of a school district. Convictions for felony charges resulting from Internet crimes may mean juvenile detention or jail time, and convicted felons may be stripped of many rights, while a criminal record will likely be a haunting factor in the convicted individuals' professional and personal lives.

Identity theft and the Internet in South Carolina

Identity theft involves obtaining another person's personal identifying information, such as their Social Security number or personal identification numbers, in order to gain some type of benefit. In most cases, the information is used to obtain access to money by the person who commits it. Often, this crime occurs over the Internet, using fraudulent phishing emails and hacking in order to access data.

South Carolina identity theft defense

Identity theft and identity fraud have had their definitions expanded since 1998, when the U.S. Department of Justice appended fraudulent Internet activity to the list of bogus checks, passports and identification issued in another person's name or used to defraud another person. The Department of Justice notes that nearly any identifying information, such as a phone number or a person's mother's maiden name, may be used to commit identity theft or fraud.

Cyberbullying is not always so clear cut

One of the new crimes getting a great deal of press in this Internet age in which we live is that of cyberbullying. The term refers to the act of bullying taking place in the cyber realm, or in other words, by means of the Internet. One of a number of Internet crimes, cyberbullying is serious, as is the accusation of being a cyberbully.