July 16, 2014
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) receives, develops, and refers criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local, and international level, the IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.
The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant.
If you have spotted an online scheme or if you are the victim of an Internet-based crime, report it to IC3 now at www.ic3.gov.
Current and ongoing Internet trends and schemes identified by the Internet Crime Complaint Center include auction fraud, counterfeit cashier’s check, debt elimination, parcel courier email scheme, employment/business opportunities, escrow services fraud, identity theft, internet extortion, investment fraud, lotteries, reshipping, and more. Learn more about how to spot these schemes and prevent yourself from becoming a victim at www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.