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You online actions can lead to serious criminal charges

The Internet has opened up a world of possibilities to most people. You can access websites on a computer or any web-enabled device. For most people, checking Facebook and other social media and playing games take up the majority of their time online. For others, there are much darker activities that they engage in while online. All of these activities can lead to criminal charges, so make sure you avoid them while surfing the Web.

Even though you think that you are an invisible entity when you are online, but you aren't. Trying to sell goods that you don't have or taking money for services you don't perform can lead to charges related to fraud or theft. There are ways that you might be tracked down if you do fraudulently take money from someone, so it is best to stay on the up-and-up while conducting business online.

File sharing is a wonderful tool for many people; however, you have to be sure that the files you share don't contain child pornography. This means that you have to be cautious about what websites you visit and what files you download. Being accused of activities related to child pornography can lead to very harsh penalties.

Meeting someone whom you like is an amazing thing that can happen on the Internet. However, you should make sure that the relationships you have with others are reciprocated. Cyberstalking is a serious criminal act that can occur if you are harassing the other person or threatening that person online. Even if the exchanges are private, the criminal charge might still occur.

Defending yourself against Internet crimes can be a challenge. You have to learn what laws affect your case and how they can be applied to your defense.

Source: FindLaw, "3 Online Crimes That Can Land You in Prison," Ephrat Livni, Esq., accessed July 23, 2016

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