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The Internet provides individuals throughout the world with the ability to easily communicate with others. Most people use the Internet as a tool to engage in legitimate tasks, but some engage in illegal behavior on-line. Because it is easy to hide one's identity on the Internet, individuals who commit crimes in “cyberspace” are often difficult to locate. Law enforcement officers have had to throw out conventional methods and find new ways to curtail Internet crime. Cyberstings are undercover operations conducted to apprehend individuals who victimize others through use of the Internet.

Appropriate Circumstances for Cyberstings

Many criminals have been investigated by use of cyberstings, including murderers, stalkers, extremists, solicitors of fraud, gamblers, and those who deal in the black market sale of babies. Most commonly, however, law ...

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