|Definition of cybercrime||The use of computers and technology to commit varied types of fraud, cause physical damage etc.|
Legislation related to cybercrimes
- Computer Misuse Act 1990,
- Data Protection Act 1998,
- Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981
Offences under Computer Misuse Act 1990
- accessing a computer without consent,
- operating a computer with the intention of committing online fraud,
- unauthorized acts causing damage to individuals, human welfare, national security
|Types of cybercrimes|| |
- identity theft,
- online scams,
- phishing scams involving computers and technology
|What is identity theft?|| |
Using a person's identity to commit crimes involving money, financial data, payments, etc.
|Online scams|| |
- credit card fraud,
- internet sale fraud,
- investment fraud
|Economic-related cybercrime|| |
Intellectual property crimes like forgery or piracy
|Representation in case of credit card fraud|| |
- preparing detailed defence strategies,
- proving there was no direct connection between the accused person and the offence
|Who can be involved in cybercrimes in UK?|| |
Highly-skilled individuals, hackers, organized criminal groups etc.
|How can a defence solicitor help persons accused of cybercrime?|| |
- we collaborate with computer experts,
- we can verify evidence that might support the defence strategies
|Legal advice in cross-border cybercrime (YES/NO)|| |
|Support in accusations of cybercrime and terrorism (YES/NO)|| |
|Extradition in cybercrime cases|| |
Assistance in extradition and collaboration with relevant institutions of the countries involved
|Sentence for cybercrime accusations|| |
Between 5 to 14 years, depending on the type of cybercrime
|Why choose our cybercrime solicitors|| |
- Vast experience in cybercrime cases and related areas,
- professional team of solicitors,
- looking for the best possible outcome in online fraud accusations
The meaning of a cybercrime in the UK
This kind of offence falls into two comprehensive categories:
- offences where a computer is an instrument by which the activity is carried out. Many functional offences are unconnected to computers or the internet, but technology is being used in their assignment and evident examples contain identity theft, fraud, hate crimes, possession/dissemination of indecent images of children, illegal downloads, and cyber-stalking;
- offences where a computer is the entity of the activity. These contain activities like hacking, spamming, phishing, denial of service attacks, and the distribution of viruses.
In numerous cases, there is a grey zone between freedom of expression and offensive communications. In other cases, particularly hacking cases, there are legitimate dissimilarities in opinion as to what establishes an illegal activity. The procedural nature of some of the offences mentioned above may denote that private entities and businesses may be unintentionally caught up in an investigation without understanding that their actions have given growth to a possible criminal charge.
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What types of cybercrimes can be found in UK?
- identity theft – the offender uses someone else’s identification details for money frauds, payments, etc.;
- phishing scams – these crimes are email frauds through which personal financial data is requested;
- cyberbullying – a method through which persons are harassed on the internet, mobile phones, and are usually related to child pornography. Please talk to our cyber crime solicitors in London for legal support in this matter;
- online scams – credit card fraud or investment frauds are traps developed on the internet.
Penalties for internet frauds
Those who are involved in accusations of fraud, such as abuse of position or failing to disclose information, are advised to ask for specialized help. One of our serious fraud solicitors in London can provide the necessary support and legal advice to avoid such accusations. our team will analyze the case presented, respectively the evidence, if it exists, and then draw up the defence methods.
How can our cybercrime solicitors help you?
Cyber bullying as part of cybercrimes in UK
The well-known cybercrimes are concerns at an international level, but the authorities continue to fight for stopping such severe offences. There are several types of cybercrimes for which an individual can pay the price of freedom if found guilty by the authorities in UK. We present to you the main cybercrimes which are against the law and also punished in UK.
Cyberbullying involves the use of electronic technology (computers, cell phones, social media tools) for intimidating and harassing people. There are numerous cases of minors who are trapped on the internet by all kinds of individuals who deal with child pornography and related issues. There are all kinds of websites that can be easily accessed by minors without knowing that sexually explicit videos can be seen. These are part of the cyberbullying offences which are strictly forbidden in UK. Persons accused of such cybercrimes can be punished in accordance with the law. Legal advice is suggested in this case from our cybercrime solicitors.
Phishing scams are cybercrimes related to email frauds. This involves requests for personal and/or financial data through an email which at the beginning looks like an official appeal. It is suggested to read carefully such information and avoid offering private data related to credit cards or home addresses. Phishing scams are met on a daily basis, as there are numerous hackers who “work” in this field. We remind that phishing scams occur for fraud purposes on the internet, and persons who are accused of such cybercrimes should ask for immediate legal support from our cyber crime solicitors.
With numerous developments on the internet, especially in the retail sector but not stopping here, online scams have also advanced. Investment fraud, credit card fraud, and internet sale fraud are among online tricks a person can meet on the internet. Any kind of email which seems suspicious should the reported as spam and for any reason not considered. This is one of the ways in which innocent people find out they have been deceived. On the other hand, if you are a person who is accused of cybercrimes, it is suggested to talk to one of our cyber crime solicitors in London for complete legal support in front of the authorities.
Credit card frauds as part of cyber crimes
- In most cases, vulnerable persons are dealing with credit card fraud.
- Suspicious websites might comprise active viruses that can access personal information, including the ones related to credit cards.
- By clicking dubious websites, all the information is compromised.
- The mechanism that stands at the base of credit card fraud can involve different emails asking for website clicks or personal information.
Accessing a link or responding to an email with personal information is for sure a step that leads to fraud on the internet. Unfortunately, there are many cases of credit card fraud that cannot be solved, and victims cannot recover their money. Our internet crime solicitors in London recommend victims take action and report credit card frauds.
Reporting a cybercrime
Victims of cyber crimes need to relate in detail their problem and provide evidence, information, and documentation related to the case. It is true, cases of online fraud might take time until they are solved, however, it is highly recommended to ask for help and report a case like this, instead of taking no action. You can be sustained by the support of our cyber crime solicitors, so feel free to get in touch with us and ask for immediate legal advice and assistance.
Fighting against identity theft
Online scams during the holidays
Holidays are special times when people let their guard down a bit and become more vulnerable to internet scams. The pursuit of shopping and the preparations for the holidays are good times for hackers, who have developed and continue to develop many schemes to deceive people. An example of this is the email address and notifications regarding undelivered packages. In the body of the mail, the victim is informed that the package is locked in customs, and in order to be delivered to the destination, it is necessary to pay a certain fee. Also in the mail is provided a link to complete the payment, which, once accessed, asks users for information about personal bank accounts. Here is the time when you can realize that it is a scam and that all that can happen is to lose your money by providing such personal data.
Even though courier companies are aware of this type of online scam and continue to warn their customers that there is no payment to be made on the internet, victims continue to fall into the trap of hackers.
If you also come across such an email and you are tempted to pay the required amount, just to be sure that you receive the packages, it is recommended to do some checks beforehand. A link received by email from unknown or unofficial addresses should prompt you to ask questions and convince you that it is a scam in the middle. Even if time is limited and you want the gifts to arrive on time, you better make sure, with the courier company, that there are no extra fees to pay. You can discuss more about this type of scam with our internet crime solicitors in London.
Online pandemic scams
The Coronavirus pandemic began in 2019 and has affected many economies worldwide. It has also given way to cybercrime, especially as many activities have moved into this environment. Although authorities have implemented a series of checks and actions designed to stop this phenomenon, in reality, hackers are finding new ways to make money, even through phantom companies. Here are some examples of scams developed on the internet during the pandemic:
- Non-existent companies, with internet pages, which offer sanitary products such as masks, gloves, disinfectants, medical suits and which in reality only collect money, without sending the respective products.
- The search for the miracle drug to defeat Covid-19 gave hackers a new idea of deception. Medicines that promise to treat the disease can be found on the internet, and those who are fooled and buy them discover that they have received no-effect pills for which they have paid huge sums of money.
- There are companies that offer maintenance services for computers and laptops, without being required. The mechanism involves contacting the victim, by phone or email, who is told that he has software problems that can be repaired by them for a fee. Hackers are so inventive that they require payment in cryptocurrencies, which should make you suspect from the start.
These are just a few examples of pandemic cybercrime, but unfortunately, there are many more such crimes. If you have fallen victim and want to know how to get your money back, then get in touch with our internet crime solicitors in London. We are here to represent your interests and help you as soon as possible.
Investment options that are actually scams
Although this type of crime is known online, false investments continue to make victims among beginners as well as those with experience. An attractive proposal that may seem extremely official may be a new scam. Therefore, it is important to check the history of the company or the person offering the investment opportunity, if it is licensed in the field and if it is registered. There are quite a few entities and platforms with which you can do the necessary checks.
Criminals are quite inventive when it comes to asking for money through various methods, including with the help of investments that promise fabulous returns in a very short time. Therefore, it would not hurt to check if there is an official website, contact number, promotional videos, and constant social media activities. If you do not discover these things from the beginning, before you think that you are dealing with a real investment opportunity, then it is time to get in touch with the authorities and take all the necessary protection measures. Our cyber crime lawyer in the UK can offer you specialist advice to avoid such cases.
Legal advice in cybercrime cases
If you are accused of a computer-based crime you will need the legal support of our cyber crime lawyer in UK, in order to counsel you on what can be technically complex issues of law in the UK. The cybercrime solicitor in London is specialized in multi-jurisdictional experiences, such as cyber-crime that is by nature borderless. You may need guidance on cross-border disclosure regimes, mutual legal assistance, or even extradition. Our cyber crime solicitors in London will precisely read, analyze and summarize your case, our team being specialized in injurious communication cases, cyberstalking crimes, and cyber fraud and theft offences.
Choosing our cybercrime solicitors
- Losses of nearly GBP 5.4 million have been reported in UK during 2019-2020.
- Most cybercrimes are related to social media and email hacking, with losses of around GBP 3.4 million.
- Extortion losses counting about GBP 1.5 million have been reporter during 2019-2020.
- 41% of cybercrime victims are men, while 59% are women.
- More than 7,000 computer virus-related cyber crimes have been reported during 2019-2020.
Please feel free to contact our team of internet crime solicitors in London if you need legal assistance and guidance in cybercrime cases.