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The Winthrop Harbor Police Cyber Crimes Unit (CCU) was created to investigate the growing number of crimes committed using a computer or involving digital evidence. The CCU is operated at no additional cost to the taxpayer using a combination of existing resources and funding from grants and/or donations for the purchase of equipment and supplies.

 

Technology is used everyday by everyone, and criminals are no exception. The development of the CCU is the next step in bringing Winthrop Harbor to the forefront of fighting and preventing cyber crimes, and is a part of our ongoing cyber crime initiative. The CCU focuses on a wide array of criminal activity including internet and computer fraud, predators who are trying to harm children, cyber bullying, cyber stalking and other forms of computer, internet, and electronic crimes.

 

To support the efforts of the CCU, the Winthrop Harbor Police Department is a member agency of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

This web site provides a variety of resources for our residents. Click on one of the headings at the bottom of the page to be taken to each area:

In addition to providing information via the web, we can also come to your school, community group or parent's meeting and discuss specific topics based on the audience we are presenting to. Please free to contact us if you have questions or would like to request an in-person presentation.

EDUCATION REMAINS THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST INTERNET FRAUD
2009 has turned out to be a banner year for cyber crime. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (I3C) has advised they have closed with almost 350,000 complaints. This number will far exceed the record set in 2008 in which 275,284 complaints were received and they are expecting complaints in 2010 to set another record.

Although the IC3 has become one of the most recognized vehicles for reporting online fraud today, the numbers to date have only scratched the surface of the amount of crime that is occurring. Cyber thieves are certainly not letting up and if anything, are increasing their efforts.

The Winthrop Harbor Police Department encourages residents to educate themselves to prepare for the coming decade and the wave of sophisticated scams that are sure to follow. Several sites we recommend include:

www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com

www.scamvictimsunited.com

www.scambusters.org

If you do fall victim to online fraud or cyber crime, please contact us right away in addition to filing a complaint with IC3 at www.ic3.gov. It only takes a couple of minutes and the information you provide can help us in law enforcement bring the perpetrators to justice.


Click here to go to our page for parents, or select from one of the quick links below.  If you have been the victim of a cyber crime, click here to see what to do next or select a quick link below.  Click here to see what types of crimes are out there and how to avoid them the best you can  Click here for links and resources on cyber crime 
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