Cyber Crimes Unit is responsible for the follow-up investigation of
criminal cases involving cases where a computer has been used to
perpetrate the crime.
This unit is
responsible for investigating and prosecuting a wide range of
computer-related crimes, including computer intrusion, online auction
fraud, email threats and harassment, identity and credit card fraud,
theft of intellectual property, software piracy, music piracy, theft of
computer components and software, web vandalism, counterfeiting,
possession and distribution of child pornography, and online child
How to minimize the chances of becoming a cyber crime
protection software on your computer. Have it set to check every
incoming email, web pages, floppy disks, CD ROMS, etc. UPDATE THE
VIRUS DEFINITIONS OFTEN!
active personal firewall to minimize the chances of a hacker
breaking into your computer.
Install a good spy ware program
and make sure that it updates regularly.
out of children's rooms. THIS GOES FOR TEENAGERS ALSO!
Never give out
personal information over the Internet unless you are 100% sure it
is a secure web site
Talk to your
children about the dangers of child predators and pedophiles on the
Know all of
your children's passwords or do not allow them to be
on the Internet.
Shred all of
your junk mail or bills before throwing them away.
If you buy
things online, and you are confident that it is a safe site, use one
specific credit card for that purpose. Check that card's monthly
bills closely each month for unauthorized charges.
Use your good
common sense and have fun!
Online Tips for
parents right away if you come across information that makes you
feel uncomfortable in any way.
Talk with your
parents about the Internet and set up rules for going online.
together upon the time of day for going online and how long you can
Make a written
agreement with your parents on the areas of the Internet you can
parents right away if anyone tries to talk you into running away or
visiting them for a present or gift.
important to NEVER give out personal information such as your home
address, telephone number, parent's work address or telephone
number, or the name and location of your school.
your parents first before agreeing to meet with someone you have met
online. If they agree to the meeting, take one of your parents
your parents before sending pictures of yourself or anyone else to
someone you do not personally know.
Talk with your
parents about pictures or materials you receive from someone you do
not know before downloading or opening them.
You should not
respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make you feel
Identity Theft Prevention Tips
theft is a growing type of fraud worldwide. With the boom in
Internet communications and commerce more and more information is
submitted electronically, which makes identity theft a growing problem
worldwide. Identity theft involves stealing someone's personal
identifying information (such as name, address, date of birth, social
security number, credit card numbers, driver's license numbers).
Criminals who steal this personal information will use it to
fraudulently obtain credit, money, goods, services and other property,
including insurance policies.
Upon falsely assuming an identity, thieves will commit crimes including:
opening phony bank accounts, establishing insurance policies, stealing
from established bank accounts, obtaining unauthorized credit cards,
applying for car or house loans, and leasing apartments with false
Shred or tear
up any personal financial documents before throwing them in the
trash. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON WAY CRIMINALS GATHER YOUR
Do not print
personal identifiers such as your social security number, date of
birth or driver's license number of your check.
social security number only when necessary.
revealing any information, online or in person, ask how it will be
Do not answer
personal, financial or identifying questions to an unknown telephone
to billing cycles. ID thieves may reroute bills to another
address to hide their illegal activities.
review your monthly credit card statements, checking for any
Get a copy of
your credit report at least once a year to check for errors.
number of cards you carry, especially your social security card and
FBI's "A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety"
A comprehensive survival guide for parents and children.
ID Theft Federal Trade Commission Valuable
information not only for law enforcement but for victim's of ID theft.
FBI's Online Child Pornography Prevention The Federal
Bureau of Investigations Online Child Pornography Prevention Web Site
Child Safety on the Information Highway
unit is a member of the FBI Cyber Crimes task force.