Types of Cyber Crimes in UK

Updated on Friday 24th June 2016

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Cyber crimes are criminal offences committed online or otherwise and supported by various systems of computer technology, like the use of online social networks to intimidate others or distributing sexually explicit digital photos with a phone. But while cyber crime is a quite new phenomenon, many of the same offences that can be made with a computer or smartphone, counting theft or child pornography, were committed in person former to the computer age. 

The main categories of cyber crimes in the UK

In a few words here are the main characteristics of each cyber crimes that are serious offences in the UK:

Online scams
The internet offers an international marketplace for customers and trades, but thieves also identify the possibilities of cyberspace. The same tricks that have been directed by mail and phone can now be found on the www (World Wide Web) and email, and new cyber scams are developing. Types of internet scams contain internet sale fraud, investment fraud, credit card fraud, and even what is known as "Nigerian letter or "419" fraud." Called so for the violation of Section 419 of the Nigerian Criminal Code, it merges the risk of impersonation deceit with a discrepancy of an advance fee structure in which a letter, e-mail, or fax is received by the potential victim.

Phishing scam
Phishing is an email fraud technique in which the impostor sends out a legitimate-looking email in an effort to gather private and financial data from receivers. Usually, the messages appear to come from well-known and trustworthy websites like Google, PayPal, MSN or even eBay.A phishing scam, like the fishing expedition it's named for its unpredictable scheme: the phisher puts the temptation hoping to fool at least a few of the victims that meet the bait.

Cyberbullying means intimidation that takes place using electronic technology, like cell phones, tablets, computers, as well as communication tools containing social media sites, text messages, chat or websites. It is necessary to report cyberbullying to law enforcement when it contains threats of violence, child pornography or sexually explicit photos, videos or pictures of someone in a place where he or she would expect discretion.

Selling fake pharmaceuticals on the internet
The Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency is in charge for certifying that all the food, beverages and drugs on the market are safe and, in the case of drugs, operative treatments. 
Counterfeit medicine means fake medicine and it may be tainted or can contain the wrong or even no active component. It is well known that counterfeit drugs are prohibited and may be harmful to your health if purchased via the internet.

If you are dealing with cyber crimes in the UK or if you are suspect in such cases please feel free to contact our criminal defence solicitors in London, in order to obtain legal assistance.