The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and theBureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) dedicated to receiving, developing, and referring criminal cyber complaints.
IC3 researches the criminal cyber complaints it receives, and refers them to federal, state, local, or even international authorities if warranted.
Since its inception, the IC3 has received complaints regarding all aspects of the relatively new area of cyber crime, such as online intellectual property rights violations, computer hacking, trade secret thefts, cyber extortion, online international money laundering, and the perennial con favorite identity theft. Of course, many new types of cyber crimes are being invented every day.
Since IC3’s inception of June 2000, it became clear that many cyber crimes overlap with other types of “traditional” crimes. As a result, IC3 — formerly known as the Internet Fraud Complaint Center — was renamed in October 2003 to reflect the broadening characteristics of such cyber crimes.
If you believe you have been defrauded online or were otherwise a victim of a cyber crime, you are encourage to file a complaint with IC3. You may file your complaint online by providing the following information:
- Full name;
- Mailing address;
- Phone number;
- The Name, Address, telephone number, and Web address, if available, of the individual or organization you believe defrauded you;
- Specific details on how, why, and when you allege you were defrauded; and
- Any other relevant information.
It’s that easy. Visit IC3 to file a cyber criminal complaint at any time.
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By, our Identity theft secrets, guest writer, Sami K. Hartsfield, ACP, who is a paralegal in Houston with experience in commercial litigation and tax law. She holds a degree in paralegal studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. After interning with Texas’ 14th Court of Appeals under Chief Justice Adele Hedges and completing the University of Houston Law Center’s Summer 2008 Prelaw Institute, she is preparing to enter law school this fall. Sami holds a national advanced paralegal certification, and four specialty certifications: Discovery; Trial Practice; Contracts Management; and Social Security Disability Law. More helpful tax information can be found at her National Tax Law Examiner page.