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What are the most common types of cybercrimes?

Many people in Wisconsin who commit crimes online fall prey to the false sense of security that the internet provides. Some of these individuals may not be aware that some of their online activities are illegal and can result in them receiving criminal charges. Others are aware of their illegal actions and do not believe anyone will catch them.

Here is a brief overview of common types of internet crimes.


Hacking is when someone gains unauthorized access to someone else’s computer and personal information. For example, if you log into someone’s email, social media and other personal accounts without their permission, you are hacking.

Identity theft

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing online crimes across the country. Stealing and using someone else’s name, address, phone number, financial information and other personally identifying data is wrong and can result in serious criminal charges.

Credit card fraud

Using someone’s credit and financial information to make unauthorized purchases is the same as stealing from them, the credit card companies and the merchants. There are two types of credit card fraud: those where a person uses a physical credit card to make fraudulent charges and receive cash advances and the kind where someone uses the cardholder’s information to make online purchases and financial transactions.

Internet crimes are very serious. People who commit them often have expert-level computer skills and use them for personal gain. They may also commit them by using other people’s computers. Because of the seriousness of their impact, they are white-collar crimes. The penalties for online crimes include jail time, loss of computer privileges, fines and a criminal record.

Due to the serious nature of internet crimes, it is important for you to take measures to protect your rights immediately. If you are facing accusations of one of the above actions or some other type of online criminal activity, you should speak to an attorney about your situation for guidance.

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