VOICE website new tool in fight against cyber crime

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - You now have a new tool to help fight cyber crime. The National White Collar Crime Center is teaming up with computer security company Symantec to launch victimvoice.org.

The site can help you if you've been scammed, and help law enforcement bust the crooks responsible. It's called VOICE - or Victims of Internet Crimes Empowered.

The goal is to protect you from cyber crime.

It's simple to use and explains how to file a complaint, provides a list of resources and safety tips and will guide you to the agency best suited for your concerns.

Kathryn Rinker, with the National White Collar Crime Center, says the agency's partnership with Symantec to create the site will hopefully decrease the number of cyber victims.

"There is no way we can hit every specific internet crime and be able to speak to the specificity of it, but at least it is an idea of where knowledge is power and ignorance can't be bliss anymore."

If you use the internet, Rinker says this site is for you.

"Now it is so important, because the age of the individual going online is ranging from the five-year-old, who is breaking into dad's XBOX password, to the 87-year-old, like my mother, who is on Facebook multiple times a day."

The site is not only an informational stop for consumers. Deputy Chief Clarence Hunter Jr., with Henrico Police, says it's also a helpful tool for law enforcement.

"This is going to be an excellent resource for our officers when they go on the scene of a call, where someone says they have been the victim of an internet crime, then we will be able to provide them a resource that they can follow up on and that we can follow up on as well," said Hunter.

The deputy chief says cyber crime is a challenge because it spreads so quickly. Crooks can be in the city, out of state and even out of the country.

Consumer advocates hope the new VOICE website will give consumers the upper hand.

Click here to visit the VOICE website: https://www.victimvoice.org/

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