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What makes identity theft 'aggravated?'

Identity theft has been around since the days where people would steal checking account statements out of a mailbox or someone's driver's license or credit card. The victim could suffer financial damage, not to mention significant inconvenience, to be sure. However, with so much of our business and personal activity now done online, the potential loss, and therefore the penalties, are much greater.

Potentially dangerous tweets can bring criminal charges

A type of cybercrime that marks "a new era," according to one computer scientist has gained nationwide attention recently. A 29-year-old man was arrested for sending a tweet to Newsweek's Kurt Einchenwald that was intended to cause the famed journalist, who suffers from epilepsy, to have a seizure.

Defense plans might require several components

We recently discussed how fraud can come from creative accounting. The fact here is that you have to do everything on the up and up when you are dealing with the finances of a business, or even your own finances. Doing anything that might be construed as fraud can start an investigation.

Creative accounting or bank fraud: understanding check kiting

What you might see as creative accounting or simple desperate measures to keep your household or business afloat short-term could actually be bank fraud. Check kiting occurs when someone uses more than one bank account, writing checks and depositing them in a circular fashion to make it look like funds are present when they are not. This is possible when someone uses the bank float system to their advantage, and it is illegal.

Online crime trends include both new ventures and very old crimes

Online crimes can take many different forms, as the Internet creates a level of versatility and flexibility that allows it to be utilized however the user desires. When looking at trends and data from recent years, it's clear that some crimes are very new and based solely on the Internet, while others are older crimes that have been around forever, just re-geared for life online.

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