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Cybercrime and online fraud can happen to anyone; it's important to know where to turn if it happens to you.

That's why United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island partnered with the Cybercrime Support Network. Using the National Cybercrime Victim Resource Database, 2-1-1 makes sure that Rhode Islanders have the resources they need while guiding them through the process of reporting, recovering, and reinforcing their security following a cybercrime.


What exactly is cybercrime?

Cybercrime is any activity that uses the internet to access, transmit, or manipulate data for illegal purposes. This includes the fraudulent representation of oneself for financial gain, personal gain, or with malicious intent.

Common types include:

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Every 2 seconds someone in the United States falls victim to cybercrime. By the time you're done reading this, 7 more people will have been victimized.


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The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant allowed our call specialists to receive specialized training to assist Rhode Islanders who've been impacted by cybercrime.

Rules to stay safe.

  • If an offer or opportunity seems too good to be true, it's probably a scam.

  • Never wire money, send gift cards, or send a check to a stranger.

  • If someone claims to be from a federal agency, call the office to confirm.

  • Never accept money from a stranger promising you can keep some of it.

  • If you suspect you've been hacked, change your passwords immediately.

Resources to stay alert.

Our partners at the Cybercrime Support Network offer a wide range of resources for individuals, families, businesses, military members, and others impacted by cybercrime.

The Federal Trade Commission allows you to sign up for scam alerts, stay up-to-date on recent scams, and learn how to recognize the warning signs of fraudulent activity.

The Better Business Bureau gives you the option to sign up for fraud alerts. In addition, they offer Scam Tracker, an interactive map that follows scams affecting your area.

COVID-19 related scams.

Rachel Ferdinandi, United Way 211 in Rhode Island's cybercrime specialist, and Kim Casci-Palangio, Cybercrime Support Network's assistant VP victim services, come together to help Rhode Islanders protect themselves against the growing threat of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.