A charity which was set up to help victims of electronic crime is to cease operating next month.
E-victims.org will no longer offer advice or support from 15 September because it has run out of resources, and further funding from government bodies, the internet industry and business is unlikely to be forthcoming.
This is despite the fact that the charity’s advice and expertise was often sought by several enforcement and support organisations, including the Metropolitan Police.
Statement from e-victims.org
‘The need for e-crime victim support is great, but the funding from the government and the internet industry is negligible,’ said Jennifer Perry, the site’s founder. ‘E-crime is the fastest growing area of crime.
‘Everyone now knows someone who has had problems online. It’s increasing because internet scams are becoming more sophisticated, the increasing popularity of social networks and because the chances of being caught are low.’
E-victims.org was set up three years ago to provide advice on a wide range of internet-related problems including cyber stalking and cyber scams. The current information on the site will remain for a further six to 12 months, but it will not be updated.
The Network for Surviving Stalking
The E-victims.org free email newsletter, alerting consumers to new online scams, will no longer be sent out. However, the charity will continue to offer advice to victims of cyber stalking through the Network for Surviving Stalking (NSS). Victims of online harassment and cyber-stalking can access this information through www.nss.org.uk.
NSS chief executive Alexis Bowater said: ‘E-victims.org provides a vital service for people who are being stalked or harassed online. They produced the first ever guide about how victims can stay safe online. Jennifer has a wealth of experience about online crime and we hope she’ll be joining as our resident online expert very shortly.’
If you’ve been a victim of e-crime, check out Which? advice on how to stay safe online
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