Consumers are using the Internet now more than ever. You can buy almost anything, plan a trip, or even do your banking through your computer. Unfortunately, not all people offering services online are legitimate, and sometimes Internet crime occurs. These types of offenses are also commonly known as computer crimes.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, established to address fraud and other types of crime committed over the Internet. If you have been a victim of Internet crime, you should report the violation through the IC3 or local law enforcement immediately.
Computer Crime Laws Generally
While many may be familiar with "hacking" from watching their favorite television shows or reading the latest news headline, a broader variety of activities may qualify as computer crimes.
Examples of common computer crimes include:
D.C. Computer Crimes Laws
In D.C., most computer crimes are prosecuted on the federal level. Through the Computer Fraud Crimes and Abuse Act, federal prosecutors can target frausters committing several different crimes with a computer including:
|Code Section||Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) 18 U.S. Code § 1030 - Fraud and related activity in connection with computers, Computer Provisions of the USA Patriot Act|
|Misdemeanor Computer Crimes||N/A|
|Felony Computer Crimes||N/A|
|Attempt Considered a Crime?||N/A|
Note: State computer crimes laws are constantly changing -- contact a District of Columbia criminal attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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District of Columbia Computer Crimes Laws: Related Resources
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