The 10 Most Common Internet Crimes

Non-Delivery of Merchandise

The Crime: Devising any scheme to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, or promises, and using the Internet for the purpose of executing the scheme.

The Time: This statute covers general wire fraud, but also applies to the most common scheme of not receiving what you won and paid for in an online auction. If the scam artist ever gets caught, he or she faces as much as 20 years in prison.

Note: If the violation occurred in relation to a government declared major disaster or emergency, the offender is subject to a maximum fine of $1,000,000 or up to 30 years in jail, or both. Both!

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