In the digital age we live in, many things are possible. We get almost anything we need -- from music, to directions to groceries -- online. However, in the Internet era, it has also become easier to get away with things that may not be legal. Although we sometimes think of these things as being a nonissue, authorities do not always agree.

Michigan residents may be interested to know that police are warning residents to be wary of Internet crimes. Apparently, on Jan. 16, the police took the report of a victim of Internet fraud who had applied for a job on Craigslist. According to the report, the advertiser of the job sent a new employee a check for a few thousand dollars and asked the person to cash it. The person was then asked to send approximately 80 percent of the earnings back to the office in the Philippines. Unfortunately, the check is fraudulent, according to reports.

As police and other authorities become increasingly capable of discovering illegal online activity, it's important that Michigan residents understand their rights should they be faced with charges. As we mentioned before, some activities done online may seem harmless or unlikely to be noticed, but authorities are increasingly on the lookout for such activity.

Facing charges for Internet crimes can be overwhelming and scary. And while it may feel like there are no options, that is simply not true. Even those who are charged with crimes have rights, including the right to an attorney and the right to a fair trial. Strong defenses can be built to challenge criminal charges.

Source:, "Jackson Police Department warns residents to be cautious of Internet scams," Jon Szerlag, Jan. 18, 2013