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What are cyber crimes?

The internet opens up a whole new world of exploration for many people. Oregon residents can virtually visit any place or anyone. The internet can be used to learn more about nearly any topic in a short amount of time.

And, as a recent post on this blog explained, it can also be used as a basis for criminal charges. In the recent case, a man was charged with various crimes after he supposedly posted his intentions to carry out a school shooting on an internet forum.

There are several ways that people can face cyber crime charges because of their conduct on the internet. In fact these charges are taken very seriously by federal and Oregon authorities. These allegations can result in serious felony charges in many cases.

Cyber crimes can include a variety of different behaviors. Online scams, for example, can result in criminal charges. There are situations where people are trying to perpetrate a fraud scheme via the internet. This can include a phishing scam, where people are trying to appear as if they are searching for information from a legitimate and trusted business, but are really using the information for their own personal gain.

Additionally, people can face criminal charges for certain online commercial behavior. This can include selling or distributing certain illegal or fake consumer drugs or products.

Cyberbullying, or using the internet to harass or stalk another person, is also illegal. People can face criminal charges for sexually harassing, carrying out hate crimes or similar activities online.

When people are facing felony charges of any kind, they need all the information that they can get. While this post gives a basic overview of cybercrime, an attorney can give specific legal advice.

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