3 common types of cybercrime

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2024 | White Collar Crimes

The internet can be used to create fraudulent schemes called “cyber crimes” or “internet fraud.” Cyber crimes are similar to “hacking.” This may be done by using fraudulent websites, emails and chat rooms to engage in criminal activity and scan money and personal information from victims or deceive banks and other financial institutions. 

These crimes result in millions of dollars being stolen every year from unsuspecting people. As technology advances, cyber-criminal techniques and activities become more unique and sophisticated. 

Being accused of cyber-criminal activity can lead to serious penalties. 

Data breaches

Large and small businesses often have data banks with personal information, client lists, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers and financial information. These data banks may be accessed without authorization. Parties who unlawfully gain this information may leak it through data breaches. Data breaches are also called “cyberattacks.” This information may compromise millions of people’s personal information and make them susceptible to internet fraud.

Online auction fraud

There are many kinds of auction websites where people can bid on rare objects. Products may be misrepresented on auction sites to sell to legitimate consumers. Auction sites may also be used to sell merchandise from legitimate sellers at a higher price. Some sellers may inflate the price of a product by making fraudulent bids on their own product. 


Many people have their information stolen through “phishing.” Phishing involves sending emails to victims in an attempt to steal usernames, passwords, credit card numbers and bank account information. The people who usually benefit from phishing scams present themselves as people who need money from the victim or make victims believe they owe the scammer money. 

If you are charged with computer crimes, it can help to understand the accusations being held against you. You may need to seek legal guidance to learn how to protect yourself from serious criminal charges. 


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