There are many internet crimes that people participate in all around the world. From hacking to email scams, these crimes affect many people and have the potential to wipe out bank accounts and steal identities.

While some people may find themselves aiding a criminal without realizing it, many others choose to participate in these illegal acts. As such, it’s important to seek a strong defense if you’re caught for trying to steal someone’s identity, credit card number or other information.

Several crimes are more common than others. In fact, they’re so common that many people may not consider them much of a threat any longer. For example, phishing, which is unlawfully accessing a computer without permission and sending commercial emails with the intent to deceive, is so common that many people simply use SPAM folders to avoid them.

That doesn’t mean that phishing isn’t a serious crime. Even if no one opens an email you sent out to scam someone, you still attempted to commit a crime. That can lead to charges. Federally outlawed, phishing scams can result in up to five years in prison.

Another common crime that comes up often is the nondelivery of goods. Think about this: If you order an item on eBay and it doesn’t show up, do you think to turn to authorities? Most people don’t, because they can simply seek their money back from PayPal or their protected credit card lenders. The truth is that not delivering goods that were paid for is a crime and can result in up to 20 years per count.

White collar crimes like these don’t pay off. If you are accused, you need to defend yourself immediately. These are federal crimes and have heavy penalties.

Source: Complex, “The 10 Most Common Internet Crimes,” Stephen Nale, accessed July 13, 2017