VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) The New York VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the New York VINE system is 1.888.VINE 4 NY (888.846.3469). This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status.
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene New York City has launched a comprehensive new website that offers the latest information about 9/11 health and services. The “one-stop shopping” website makes it much easier for New Yorkers who were exposed to the collapse of the World Trade Center find the free medical treatment and resources they need to get better. Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH speaks about what we know about 9/11 physical and mental health problems. The website also includes easily accessible health research findings about the different groups of people who were affected by the disaster: rescue and recovery workers, residents, children, city employees and others.
NYS Consumer Protection Board New Yorkers are advised to be aware of an increase in lottery scams. In order to protect consumers, the CPB and Lottery have teamed up to produce audio and video public service announcements (PSAs) in English and Spanish.
The PSAs, featuring Lottery personality Yolanda Vega, provide the following safety tips for consumers:
Don’t respond to an e-mail or advertisement seeking personal information like bank account or Social Security numbers.
Never pay any upfront fee to claim lottery winnings.
Disregard lottery prize notifications sent by bulk mail, even if it’s addressed to you. They’re fake.
Don’t enter international lotteries from within the US. It is against federal law.
Ignore notices claiming you won a prize for a lottery for which you haven’t bought or been given a ticket.
The links are available on the CPB's home page at www.nysconsumer.gov - or specific links to both English and Spanish versions follow for your convenience.
To learn more about how New Yorkers can take steps to prevent and mitigate identity theft and possibly receive restitution for identity theft-related loses, log on to the New York State Consumer Protection Board’s (CPB) website at www.nysconsumer.gov. The CPB is the State's top consumer watchdog and "think tank" and the enforcement agency for the Do Not Call law. The CPB’s toll-free Consumer Assistance Hotline (1-800-697-1220) connects consumers with an Agency Consumer Advisor who can provide direct assistance. The CPB’s Consumer Advisors provide direct assistance to more than 4,500 consumers each month saving them more than $1.3 million annually in the form of refunds, rebates, credit, and avoided costs. In addition to the online complaint form, the CPB website is home to important consumer safety information and resources on a variety of issues, including preventing and dealing with identity theft and tips on how to respond when your personal information is compromised.