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Most common crimes on Facebook



  facebook-crimes-300x161 Source: At the end of 2015, Facebook had 1.55 billion monthly active users. Nowadays you can follow any update with all kinds of devices. Whether for posts, photos, or videos from friends and family, or brands of interest. Still, any tool, however useful it may be used for criminal purposes because of three basic concepts:

  1. Anonymity and easyness to create fake user profiles
  2. Great difficulty to knowing the location of the offender
  3. There is no uniform criminal code globally.

It is known that as new technologies appear new loopholes and new forms of crime through them. We will see a summary of the most common of them:

Crimes against Honor

Obviously both slander and libel occupy a prominent role. Slander is attributable to a third party a crime with contempt for truth, and goes through utter insulting expressions injuring the dignity of another person, his reputation or self-esteem. Giving a contact or a third party titles like “thief”, “swindler”, “rapist” or “murderer”, involves allegations of such gravity that can lead to prison sentences of six months to two years. Similarly expressions like “bastard” are commonly held to be insulting, punishable by up to fourteen months in prison if made with advertising, as would be the case through Facebook, and can have a major impact in family or work area of ​​injured. Despite the imposition of penalties and fines it is concluded that slandering and insulting in Spain is relatively “cheap” given that it is virtually impossible to quantify defamatory spreading the message and the feeling of rejection generated in other citizens on the complainant.


Suppose to warning a third party causing damage. Penalties depends on the type of threat and to whom it is addressed. Messages sent through Facebook which content is similar to “kill you” or “look like an accident,” can have serious consequences for its author. However, for the victim isn’t enough to simply report what has happened, it must demostrate that indeed the person who is the owner of suspicious profile through which received the threat or event otherwise be acquitted.

Phishing and discovery and disclosure of secrets

Some of the most popular crimes and whose risks are virtually unknown to the authors. Impersonate another person on Facebook is punished with imprisonment ranging from six months to three years. To commit it, is not simply to use the name of another person, but it must be done in order to use rights and actions of the impersonated. We emphasize that our judges are still unfamiliar in many cases, the operation of Facebook and other social networks so the assistance of an attorney experienced in this area is crucial when it comes to successfully complete the criminal proceedings. The crime is defined as an activity aimed to enter the profile of a person using your access codes against their will, taking the material it has published or shared with other users. Tolerance or permissiveness in the use of passwords by third party completely alter the fact that the crime is committed.


The scam, that is, the possession of money or assets of a person through deception, lies, and adulteration of reality, has continued to spread through the Internet since birth, and therefore is also present on Facebook. It usually develops by using fake profiles that attract the attention of the user to whom or claiming financial assistance to avoid a situation of need continues to be artificial, or inform you of winning an alleged prize or contest who has never participated. This crime is a major challenge since by people living in distant countries whose legislation obsolete and hinders any investigation might have occurred.


(Español) Robo de identidad en las redes sociales

Cada vez es más común que se den casos de suplantaciones de la identidad de perfiles de algunas personas en las redes sociales. Esto significa que alguien crea perfiles falsos de personas reales, suplantando así su identidad. Estos perfiles acostumbran a tener fotos reales de la persona a la que ha sido “robada” la identidad y además, publican comentarios en su nombre. Desgraciadamente, ya se han dado muchos casos tanto en perfiles de  Facebook como en perfiles de Twitter.

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(Español) Las webs de enlaces y sus consecuencias

Las páginas web de enlaces a contenidos ilícitos son ilegales y cometen un delito web-censor-phcontinuado contra la propiedad intelectual. Por ello, se considera delito ser propietario de cualquier web en la red que enlace a dichos contenidos. Recientemente se ha condenado al propietario de unas webs de enlaces. El titular del Juzgado de lo Penal Número Cuatro de Castellón, Tomasa Olivas, ha sido quién así lo ha estimado, condenando al dueño de un sitio web de enlaces.

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(Español) Comprar seguro en la red

Hoy en día es más común cometer fraudes a través de la red. En España, el 58,4% de los internautas han vivido una situación de intento de fraude en la red.


Internet es cada día más utilizado por los internautas ya que ofrece una cantidad infinita de posibilidades. Pero también, a su vez, está repleto de peligros. Las principales fuentes de peligro con las que se pueden encontrar los usuarios de internet son básicamente páginas web falsas de comercio electrónico, de entidades bancarias y loterías (revelado por el Instituto Nacional de Tecnologías de la Comunicación “INTECO”). El fraude online con perjuicio económico está por debajo del 5% y en el 93,3% de los casos no supera la cantidad de 400 euros.

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