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What is Cybercrime?

Broadly, cybercrime (or “computer crime”) is a term for any illegal activity that uses a computer system, the internet, or computer technology as its primary means of commission. Different types of cybercrime include cyberbullying, revenge porn, hacking, identity theft, financial fraud, child soliciting/abuse, and stalking.

 

How to protect yourself from being victimized…

 

What to do if you believe you’re the victim of a cybercrime…

In cases of Identity Theft, Financial Fraud, and Hacking:

 

In cases of Online Stalking:

 

In cases of Cyberbullying:

In cases of Revenge Porn/Child Solicitation and Abuse

 

 

Resources for victims of cybercrime…

State Resources:

National Resources:

Go to the 1800VICTIMS.org homepage to find resources in your county including Victim Assistance Centers and local law enforcement agencies.

 

 

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If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, be careful how you use your computer since an abuser might become suspicious. You may want to keep using the monitored computer for activities, like looking up the weather or reading the news. Use a safer computer, such as a public computer at your local library, to research escape plans, look for new jobs or apartments, bus tickets, or ask for help.

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