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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.