Computer Crimes

Penalties for an insurance fraud conviction

False statements or misrepresentations on a submitted insurance form may lead to allegations of fraud. South Carolina's Code of Laws classifies insurance fraud as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Convictions may result in prison time and paying a fine, as noted by...

Computer crime charges in South Carolina

The growing reliance on electronic data in modern society has opened the door to new types of criminal allegations involving computers, computer networks, computer services and other electronic means. The Press of Atlantic City reported that South Carolina was ranked...

Is catfishing a crime?

Catfishing is misrepresenting yourself to others online. Sometimes catfishing is part of an underlying crime, such as identity theft or fraud. But, you may only be presenting yourself with a different identity because you are uncomfortable with your own. Even this...

Could digital breadcrumbs land you in jail?

Much of today’s white-collar crime occurs within cyberspace. If it is not happening online, it at least uses technology in some way. This can leave behind clues and evidence that could get you into big trouble. In the past, before computers and smartphones were a...

Cyber stalking can result in felony charges

The digital world has opened a new world to the legal system. Computer crimes have become more common. Given the different computer related crimes a person may face charges of, it can be difficult to track what the law can and cannot do. One of the crimes that people...

What a phishing scam looks like

Phishing is a term that refers to a person or entity using digital means to acquire another person's information. For instance, someone in South Carolina may receive an email that is supposedly from his or her bank asking to verify account information. When the target...

What to know about hacking laws

Hacking is among the more recognizable computer crimes that a person could commit. South Carolina residents who have been victims of data breaches or similar events have likely had their personal information stolen or otherwise accessed by a hacker. It is important to...

The legal implications of the dark web

The dark web is an encrypted portion of the internet that can only be reached by those who have access to the Tor browser. Typically, it is used by those in South Carolina and elsewhere who are looking to purchase controlled substances or engage in other illegal...

Identity theft and the law

Some South Carolina residents might have experienced identity theft when another person stole their credit card data, Social Security number, or other information. With this kind of information, it is possible to apply for credit cards or take other actions using...