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Evolving and complex: the world of Internet crime

As pointed out in a crime-related online overview, the landscape of criminal activity in one realm is not newly created as much as it has simply been altered through constantly evolving technologies.

That primer is referring to the world of Internet crime and so-called "cyberscams," a universe that is both vast and growing.

And equally appreciated by consumers and individuals and groups with criminal intent alike.

It is of course true that various phone and mail scams have long targeted unwary consumers across the globe, including in California. And as the above article duly notes, thieves now "also recognize the potentials of cyberspace" for assisting criminal schemes.

The worldwide web is a complex "place," indeed, if it can even be described in such fashion.

There is another group of web participants, who, in addition to consumers and thieves, also closely scrutinize the web -- indeed, with a laser-like focus -- across all its dimensions.

That is law enforcement, with state, federal and international investigators on the constant lookout for criminal activity in a number of diverse areas. Those centrally include things like the following:

  • Hacking efforts
  • Mail/telephone fraud scams
  • Fake pharmaceutical sales
  • Harassing/stalking activities
  • Child pornography

The unrelenting efforts of investigative agencies to track computer crime and identify wrongdoers results in the arrest and conviction of many individuals.

An attendant effect of that focus, though, is the occasional ensnarement of individuals who are using computers with no illegal purpose in mind whatever. That is becoming exceedingly easy to do, given the growing and complex body of law that is emerging to address and combat unlawful cyber-related activities.

The aforementioned article notes that Internet crimes are often prosecuted as felonies. As such, the potential downsides associated with a criminal conviction can be notably severe.

For that reason, the overview states, a person charged with a cyber crime "will want an experienced and knowledgeable computer crimes attorney who can provide … the aggressive representation needed for these types of crimes."

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