Information Center: Internet Crimes
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Frequently Asked Questions About Internet Crime
Q: Is spam illegal?
A: Some types of spam (unsolicited, typically commercial email) may violate state or federal law. The federal Can-Spam Act (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003) regulates commercial email. It prohibits certain deceptive practices and requires that commercial emails contain a way for recipients to opt-out of receiving emails in the future. Some states also have laws on spam.
Q: If I install filtering software on our home computer, is that enough to protect my kids?
A: While protective software is a start, it is only a first step. Your children can access computers from locations outside the home, and filtering software is not 100 percent effective. Speak with your children about the dangers of the Internet and make sure they know what to do in difficult or dangerous situations.
Law enforcement officials take Internet crime very seriously. If you have questions about Internet crime, contact our firm to schedule a consultation with an experienced Internet crime attorney for straightforward answers.
Legal Information about Internet Crimes
Though the alleged crime may have been committed using a computer, internet crimes involve many of the same legal issues that more traditional crimes do. Other aspects of these crimes are different, and require the use of computer experts and other specialists during the case preparation process.
At the firm of Karen Scarborough, Attorney at Law, we are highly experienced in the defense of clients accused of internet crimes, white collar crimes and sex crimes. When it can be helpful in a case, we call upon computer experts, forensic accountants and other professionals who can provide testimony in our client's defense.
Information about the rapidly evolving field of internet crimes appears below. In a free initial consultation, Karen Scarborough can discuss the specific issues your case presents and your legal options.
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Internet Crime - An Overview
The Internet has changed everyday life in ways too numerous to count. Instantaneous communication with people all over the world has become commonplace. The new technology has also created new legal issues, particularly in the area of criminal law. If you are facing charges of Internet crimes, including possession of child pornography and soliciting sex from a minor, contact Karen Scarborough in Fairfax, Virginia, to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney.
Identity theft happens when a person steals someone else's personal information and uses it to acquire loans, credit cards, automobiles and other items. The thief may even use the victim's identity to secure employment or avoid criminal charges. The information that perpetrators of identity theft seek includes Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, bank account information and credit card information. Over the past decades and with the growth of the Internet, identity theft has become an increasingly visible problem. Law enforcement, prosecutors and legislators have focused numerous resources on combating identity theft.
The Internet has become a common means for the distribution of child pornography. Child pornography is illegal virtually everywhere in the world, and numerous law enforcement agencies have made it a priority. This means that cases are investigated and prosecuted aggressively.
4-1-9 Scams and Advance Fee Fraud
Many people who have email accounts have received a message promising a fabulous sum of money in return for assisting in the transfer of funds out of a country, usually Nigeria. Numerous businesses have also received faxes making similar offers. These proposals are part of a fraudulent scheme called a "4-1-9 scam"; it is named after the section of the Nigerian criminal code dealing with such fraud.
Solicitation of a Minor on the Internet
Solicitation of minors for sexual purposes on the Internet is an issue that has grown immensely in the past decade. It is a crime that has garnered a great deal of attention; newsmagazine shows highlight "stings" of alleged sexual predators, and the government and advocacy groups widely distribute information to help parents protect their kids. The consequences of a conviction for soliciting a minor on the Internet can be very serious.