First cybercrime hotline unveiled in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island is creating a hotline for victims of cybercrime, according to the Politico Morning Cybersecurity newsletter.

The state plans to launch the hotline by the end of the year with a federal grant. The phone service is intended for victims of cybercrime and online fraud. Victims who call 211 will reach trained operators who can assist with resources and other services, according to Politico.

United Way Rhode Island 2-1-1, one of the operating partners of the hotline, defines cybercrime as identity theft; imposter scams; hacked accounts and devices; financial and purchase scams; and cyberbullying, harassment and stalking.

Cybercrime Support Network and Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center will also help operate the hotline.

 

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