Cyber crime stretches local police resources

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2011 - 10:31 PM

Law enforcers increasingly are finding "local" crimes that have worldwide tentacles.

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westmetroguyDec. 11, 1110:49 PM

Welcome to 2002.

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plummpjDec. 12, 11 5:40 AM

I am amazed that the Forest Lake police would get involved over an out of state persons credit card number theft. We recently were notified by our credit card company that someone was using our card to charge hotel rooms in Denmark. Were the Danish police involved in this? I doubt it.

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grizzly2011Dec. 12, 11 6:46 AM

There is no punishment any more. Thus there is no incentive to not commit crime. You can steal a car and will usually get probation, and if you have a prior criminal record you may get 90 days in the workhouse. You can drive drunk and kill someone in a crash and get probation to maybe 1 year in county jail. You can swindle HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars from your employer or someone else and maybe get a few months to a year in jail, not much more. The justice system is a JOKE.

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mnmaggiemnDec. 12, 11 6:47 AM

@plummpj@ The crime was happening in forest lake. That is why the police in Forest Lake got involved. It is their jurisdiction.

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mnmaggiemnDec. 12, 11 6:48 AM

If people werent so reliant on electronics and so willing to put their information out there thinking it wont happen to them this would happen a lot less. And why would you send money to Nigeria for a place for rent in America? Makes no sense, plus law states you must view the home before purchasing or renting. People are just gullible these days.

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legalcommentDec. 12, 11 5:45 PM

Authorities say that thee most profitable criminal activity, and least likely to get arrested for, is Cyber Crime. At the present rate, they is no way that the police can investigate & prosecute every Cyber Crime. Cyber Crime is thee fastest growing criminal activity in the United States, with no let-up in sight. Even if we could arrest & prosecute most of the criminals, we would then have to spend billions of dollars building new prisons to house all these new criminals. One remedy to this problem is we could release the non-violent marijuana prisoners that are presently in prison. But authorities worry that would "send the wrong message". Consumers need to learn how to protect their identity and property. Until then, we will all pay for this popular, growing crime wave.

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maggiewestDec. 12, 11 6:18 PM

There is an agency that is supposed to investigate these crimes called the IC3. So far they haven't helped me and local authorities said it was not their jurisdiction. However, I moved to Wadena MN and they investigated and found the money I had sent for a car, via Western Union was colledt by a person who showed a Czech Republic passport. Now the IC3 still has not done anything about it and local authorities are stymied. But on my own I found 18 false ads on cars.com, when they were notified they put a disclaimer on their website. That's not good enough for me since I received a letter from them verifying the authenticity. And they didn't put a disclaimer on until I threatened legal action. Still considering it since I found another seven on the same site. At least I know that carsoup does authenticate ads before they post them.

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