#GivingTuesdayNow

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow! Due to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020, Giving Tuesday. There are so many ways that you can give; lending a helping hand to your neighbor, advocating for others, donating, or sharing your story.

At the Cybercrime Support Network (CSN), we hear the stories of victims of cybercrime every day. From fraudulent ticket purchase to a romance scam that costs thousands, cybercrime is in every corner of the internet and can happen to anyone. We want you to be heard. We encourage you to reach out for help and tell your #CybercrimeStories! Here’s how to do it:

If you’re located in Rhode Island, Central Florida, or Kent County (MI) you can dial 211 to get cybercrime recovery support. CSN teamed up with local United Way and 211 organizations to train call center specialists to handle cybercrime recovery calls. Don’t worry, we’re expanding! Soon, we will be replicating this program in North Carolina, New Jersey, and Mississippi. 

Report to the FBI/IC3 and the Better Business Bureau. If you have been targeted by cybercrime, be sure to tell government agencies your story. Reporting is an important part of fighting cybercrime. In order to understand the size and scope of the problem, we need to hear from people who have experienced cybercrime. 

If you’ve received a phishing email, forward the email directly to reportphishing@apwg.org. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is dedicated to cybercrime research and public awareness. Or if your identity has been compromised, report immediately to IdentityTheft.gov, a reporting platform run by the Federal Trade Commission. contact an ID Theft Resource Center victim advocate. Contact the ITRC at 1-888-400-5530 or chat on their website. 

Telling your story is an essential part of cybercrime recovery. It’s also an important way to advocate for other victims of cybercrime. Share your story to help law enforcement and partners better understand and address cybercrime. Sharing your story with others also helps reduce the fear and stigma surrounding the problem. Cybercrime and online fraud can happen to anyone, and it’s important to remember that you are not alone! In 2018, Gallup reported that one in four Americans experience cybercrime. We encourage you to tell your  #CybercrimeStories! 

Additionally, if you would like to donate to our efforts at CSN, please visit us here. We are grateful for every contribution, anything helps. Visit the #GivingTuesdayNow Homepage for more ways to give back!

 

*Sources

FBI/IC3

Better Business Bureau

Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)

Federal Trade Commission

ITRC

Gallup