Updated on Sunday 14th March 2021
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A cybercrime means any criminal activity using computers and/or the internet. Another definition for cybercrimes can be the following: offences that are made against persons or groups of persons with a criminal reason to deliberately injure the status of a victim or cause physical or mental damage to the victim directly or indirectly, using current telecommunication networks like the Internet (emails, chat rooms, notice boards and groups) and mobile phones (SMS or MMS). If you are a suspect in a cybercrime case it is necessary to solicit the help of our cybercrime solicitors.
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?
Cybercrimes have a wide range of faces and the main purpose is to cause mental or physical damage through all sorts of scams and offences like:
- 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 cybercrime solicitors in London for legal support in this matter;
- online scams – credit card fraud or investment frauds are traps developed on the internet.
Our cybercrime solicitors can provide you with in-depth legal support if you have been accused of cyber crimes in UK.
Penalties for internet frauds
Maximum imprisonment of 5 years is issued for offenders who have been found guilty of cybercrimes involving the use of computer material and internet with the intention of committing frauds. Persons found guilty of serious cyber attacks on the internet like unauthorized acts causing serious damage targeting important systems (telecommunication, energy, food industry, fuel distribution) resulting in the loss of humans, and damage to the economy may face 14 years of imprisonment.
How can our cybercrime solicitors help you?
Cybercrimes are treated seriously and there is complete attention to those involving child pornography and inappropriate sexual behavior on the internet for which serious penalties are imposed. Our cybercrime solicitors in London will decide on the suitable defence approach and will examine your case and the evidence brought by the prosecutors. There are lots of chances for the charges to be dropped if there is a lack of proof in your case or evidence which cannot be accepted in the court of law.
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 cybercrime 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 cybercrime solicitors for complete legal support in front of the authorities.
Credit card frauds as part of cyber crimes
Another worrying phenomenon that continues to rise is related to credit card frauds. Many people are found in difficult and unpleasant situations discovering that their credit cards have been hacked. These cybercrimes reflect losses of billions of pounds every year, even though there are many prevention programs implemented in UK. But how does a credit fraud crime work?
- 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 cybercrime solicitors in London recommend victims take action and report credit card frauds.
Reporting a cybercrime
Unfortunately, many victims of cyberattacks do not have the courage to report such crimes, believing it is a waste of time and there will be no solutions. Luckily, things are quite the opposite, and victims of cybercrimes should report such situations to the police. The National Crime Agency and the UK Crown Prosecution are two important institutions that can handle the online criminal activity. Action Fraud is the national fraud reporting service in the UK and the main place to report an online crime. Once a reference number is allocated, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau enters the discussion, controlled by the police service in London. 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 cybercrime solicitors, so feel free to get in touch with us and ask for immediate legal advice and assistance.
Fighting against identity theft
Identity theft stands at the base of many cybercrimes, not only in the UK, but also worldwide. Hackers can easily access the identification details and personal information of someone, and then use them for making all sorts of payments and transfers. For instance, online purchases can be made by criminals who use different credit cards once they have access to information about the owners of such payment methods. Money transfers from one account to another are possible and unfortunately met quite often on the internet. Victims might discover quite late that they have been fouled and their accounts breached.
Identity theft is a serious issue that can be prevented with help, support, and legal advice. On the other hand, persons accused of identity theft can ask for legal representation from our team of cybercrime solicitors in London. No matter, if you are an offender or a victim of cybercrimes, feel free to take action and ask for legal advice.
Legal advice in cybercrime cases
If you are accused of a computer-based crime you will need the legal support of our criminal defence solicitors in London, 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 cybercrime 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
Online frauds and computer-based crimes can have a serious impact on victims, and consequences can be devastating. There is a need for legal support and representation from a professional team of cybercrime solicitors in London with experience in this sensitive field. They know the legislation and they can prepare a specific defence for persons accused of online frauds. The main target is to achieve the best possible results for clients, regardless if they are victims of online fraud or accused of such crimes. We present you some facts and figures about cybercrimes in UK, offered by actionfraud.police.uk:
- 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 defence solicitors in London if you need legal assistance and guidance in cybercrime cases.