If you have felt harmed by any criminal act, be it financial or offensive in nature, report it
Currently, with free access and supposed anonymity on the Internet, a false sense of impunity is created, insults and verbal aggression on social networks are becoming more frequent.
Virtual crimes consist of deliberate practice committed in a virtual environment, and the main instrument of attack is the use of a computer or a computer network with an Internet connection.
In general, the most common cyber crimes are sexual crimes and crimes against honor, cases like defamation, defamation and slander. Embezzlement and other fraudulent practices have also been on the rise recently, with the aim of defrauding victims and gaining an undue financial advantage.
In addition, social distancing imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic has forced people to spend more time connected to the internet, leaving users more exposed to cybercrime. According to the Brazilian Federation of Banks (Frebraban), fraud attempts via email carrying viruses and links to fake websites have increased by 80% during social isolation.
Changes in consumer habits have led many users to banking and shopping online. This scenario attracts criminals who cheat and cheat victims to gain undue profit and advantage.
However, by calling the competent police authorities and the judiciary, it is possible to discover the perpetrators of wrongdoing and later initiate a lawsuit for moral damages.
Recently, a law came into force that increases the penalties for criminal offenses committed through the use of electronic devices (mobile phones, computers and tablets), connected or not connected to the Internet. The goal is to more severely punish frauds that have become commonplace, such as embezzlement and theft. The new rule amended the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.
Crimes against honor are a private crime. This means that the victim is obliged to inform the police authorities about this by filing a criminal complaint.
But, at the end of the day, how to denounce and prosecute crimes against honor committed over the Internet?
To begin with, the victim must go to the police station closest to their residence. It is by registering the Event Bulletin that the police will become aware of this fact and will be able to act, in order to request that appropriate steps be taken to investigate the situation. If there is evidence of a criminal act, the envoy will complete the police investigation and send it to the judge, who will have the option to accept or reject the appeal.
Before going to the police station, it is important that the victim collects all possible evidence that can prove a cybercrime. Evidence must be preserved so that it is not lost. In this sense, it is ideal to store the content of the conversation and to store screen (print) photos and offensive comments, published via social networks, e-mails, blogs, etc.
In any case, it is necessary to assess the best course of action in a specific case, because there are several ways of producing and protecting evidence.
In connection with moral damage, in addition to criminal damage, there is a provision on the civil liability of the defendant, whereby the victim can request the removal of harmful content and compensation for moral damage.
For Justice, the Internet is no longer a “lawless land.” There are several court decisions that convict the perpetrators of these crimes. If there is a possibility to identify the author of content that is considered illegal, the perpetrator can be held responsible. There are cases where damages reach R$ 100 thousand.
Know that acts that can harm other people will not go unpunished, nor in anonymity. And he will be held accountable for the committed acts.
Therefore, it is necessary to be careful.
It is also important to use strong passwords in combination with antivirus protection and constant attention when opening attachments in e-mails or messages.
Finally, if you have felt harmed by any criminal activity, whether financial or abusive, report it.