Examples of Some Illegal Activities

Child pornography, material that depicts minors in a sexually explicit way, is illegal. Under the federal child pornography statute (18 U.S.C section 2252), anyone under the age of 18 is a minor. States also have child pornography statutes and the age of the minority varies by state. Knowingly uploading or downloading child pornography is a federal offense. It is also illegal to advertise or seek the sale, exchange, reproduction or distribution of child pornography. Lewd exhibition of genitals can constitute sexual conduct and therefore, any graphic files containing images of naked children could violate the federal child pornography statute.

Using Electronic communications to send or forward "scams" or pyramid schemes is Illegal under 18 U.S.C. section 1302. The US Postal Service and the Federal Trade Commission provide information to help individuals identify scams and report them. Pyramid schemes that use the US Postal mail to send money are considered mail fraud and can be reported to the USPS.

Federal Computer Security Violations

The primary federal statute regarding computer fraud 18 U.S.C. section 1030 was amended in October, 1996 to protect computer and data integrity,confidentiality and data.

Examples of violations are: