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Cyber Crime Resources

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Every day more than one million people fall victim to cybercrime. The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) is pleased to collaborate with Symantec to provide resources for cybercrime victims.

 

VictimVoice.org provides a wealth of resources related to cybercrime, including prevention tips and steps to take if victimized. This site also allows users to file a complaint about an online crime directly with the Internet Crime Complaint Center.  

 

Please check out the VOICE website today and share with others to help prevent and combat cybercrime.

 

https://www.victimvoice.org

 

 

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Internet Scams

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Internet Scams

As a service to the Residents of the Village of Ridgewood, the Ridgewood Police will post known internet scams online that we have come across.

 A recent one that has changed many times is that of the Mystery or Secret Shopper.  Though these positions do exist, the corporations that hire Mystery/Secret Shoppers do NOT solict online.  Especially if you have not signed up for such a program, you are being targeted.  The scammer will send you a check for more than the allotted amount you discussed and have you send the balance forward.  This check is bogus and will result in your bank charging you a bounced check fee plus charge you for the money sent. 

 Do NOT be a victim.  If you are looking for a job online, make sure you do research on the Company first.  Do NOT take a job that was sent to you unsolicited.  I assure you, you did NOT win the lotterty you did not enter and you would know if you Great Uncle was Royalty.  Feel free to contact The Ridgewood Police if you have any questions.

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Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Computer Crimes Task Force

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Internet Safety

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Computer Crimes Information

 

As a way to reach out to the public and help educate regarding electronic safety, the Ridgewood Police have decided to post online different types of electronic crimes that they feel pertinent to the Village of Ridgewood and it's Residents.

Unfortunately there is no "get rich quick" scheme out there.  By taking action and arming yourself with knowledge, You be a safer person online. 

  • Do NOT send money overseas unless you have personally met the party and have had prior business with them
  • Do NOT wire fund via Western Union or other money transfers, unless it is an immediate family member. (once the money is sent it is gone forever)
  • Do NOT give out personal identifying information online, especially your social security number.  (Do NOT post these on Social Networking Sites)
  • Do Check Your Credit Often (As a NJ Resident You are allowed a free check once a year CLICK HERE)
  • Do speak with your children regarding their online activities and who they are talking to.
  • Do your homework on a site if you feel it is suspicious (even a simple Google search).  If you have any questions feel free to contact the Ridgewood Police 

These are just the tip of the iceberg of suggestions for safe online usage. The Ridgewood Police Department is committed to helping the citizens secure themselves online and will help out in any way possible.  The Ridgewood Police has worked hand in hand with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office and NJ State Police in order to better secure our citizens.  If you have any questions or would like to speak to an Officer regarding online activity, please feel free to come to the Ridgewood Police Department.

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Investigator with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Computer Crimes Task Force

 

 

Computer Crimes Links

Here are some links for further information regarding Computer Crimes:

 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

 

NJ State Police Cyber Crime Unit

 

Internet Crimes Complaint Center (FBI)

 

Free Annual Credit Report (As a resident of NJ, you are allowed 1 free report per 12 months per Credit Bureau)

 

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office request for Internet Safety Presentation

 

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Village Of Ridgewood Website

Ridgewood Office Of Emergency Management