Legal-Ease: Cyber theft, legal rights and what to do

Many people shop online, especially during the holiday season. Most people who have shopped online have either experienced themselves or have heard of a family member or a friend falling victim to identity theft.

Legal rights concerning online activity are typically no different than legal rights in general. But when it comes to online theft of either our identities or money, it’s very difficult to determine who was involved in the theft.

Lee recommends three steps to help avoid cyber theft. First, don’t purchase products online when on public wi-fi. When possible, place orders within apps. Finally, purchase LifeLock to monitor your purchases.

This weekend begins an annual American tradition of holiday buying, with purchases increasingly being made online. Most of us who have shopped online have personally experienced or heard of someone else experiencing some form of identity theft or at least an unauthorized purchase.

Our legal rights concerning online activities are essentially no different than our legal rights in general. If something is taken from us without our consent, that taking is theft. Theft is a cause of action upon which we can rely in attempting to recover what was taken.

Read Lee’s full post about cyber theft in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Cyber theft, legal rights and what to do

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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