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Cybercrime: What is it and how to act?

Criminal Law
Cybercrime: What is it and how to act?

Although it is true that new technologies offer us a wide variety of advantages, unfortunately we also find certain drawbacks and one of the most prominent is cybercrime. Do you know this concept? Do you know how to act in case of encountering this unpleasant situation?

What is cybercrime?

We will define a cybercrime as any illegal activity that is carried out through the Internet. It is important to clarify that, today, we can find all kinds of cybercrimes, such as scams, identity theft, threats or harassment.

Similarly, it is necessary to clarify that there are different types of cybercriminals; from inexperienced individuals who commit all kinds of illegalities, to criminal organizations that have extensive experience in this sector.

The impact of these criminals is increasing and, in fact, it has become one of the main reasons why many Internet users are wary of sharing data or content on social networks.

What to do if you are a victim of a cybercrime?

It is important to clarify that, on many occasions, we can avoid being victims of a crime through the Internet and that is that the vast majority of criminals look for easy victims and who barely have experience using the Internet.

The crime of fraud and identity theft is one of the most common and takes place when the victim shares confidential data via email (this being the most common way).

It is clear that the best way to prevent these events is to be more suspicious of this type of data, especially if we take into account that banks will never ask us for this type of information via email.

In any case, in the event that we are victims of a scam, it is essential to quickly report the case to the authorities, and it is advisable to consult a specialist cybercrime lawyer to guide us and offer us a solution adapted to our particular situation.

Cybercrimes on social networks

Social networks have become one of the most popular alternatives today. We are facing platforms that offer us an endless number of functions, such as sharing images or videos, chatting, or even selling all kinds of items.

Although we are dealing with applications that can be very useful, it is true that they are also an ideal space for all kinds of crimes to be committed. One of the most common is the unauthorized use of images, that is, a third person using another user's personal content without permission to do so.

The truth is that there are many people who are not aware that this situation is a crime and have the possibility of reporting the case to the authorities. Once again, it is recommended to ask for help from a specialist in this area, since they will offer us all kinds of resources to achieve a more effective and faster solution.

In addition to the unauthorized use of images, it is important to highlight harassment, insult or slander as other common crimes that take place on social networks. In other words, if a person constantly writes to us by message or on our public profile, we could consider that we are facing a case of harassment.

On the other hand, if he takes advantage of the visibility that our profile has to attribute all kinds of fallacies to us, we would be facing a situation of insults and slander. This situation, of course, could cause us numerous problems, so it is essential to act quickly.

Cybercrimes: The importance of common sense

After having explained some of the most common examples of cybercrime, it is necessary to clarify that common sense will be of great help when it comes to avoiding the vast majority of these criminal acts that take place on the Internet.

Still, no one is safe from finding themselves in one of these situations, so if you are a victim of cybercrime, it is important to act quickly. Unfortunately, many people do not report these cases out of embarrassment, however it is important that they do so to prevent others from making the same mistake.

It is common for a victim of a cybercrime not to be able to explain the situation they are experiencing or to not understand the reason why this unpleasant situation has occurred. But the reality is that what you are suffering has already been suffered by many other people in the past.

For this reason, it is essential to go to an expert law firm in digital crimes, as is the case of Forcam Lawyers, as they have professionals who have extensive and extensive experience in this sector, who will help you at all times.

In short, cybercrime arrived a few years ago and it did so to stay for a long time, so it is essential to know how to act in this situation.