Internet Crime Complaint Center

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a a partnership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center, which accepts Internet-related criminal complaints, performs further research, then develops and refers those criminal complaints to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies.

In consequence, “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, IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.”

As they indicate, “since its inception, the IC3 has received complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters, to include online fraud in its many forms including Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) matters, Computer Intrusions (hacking), Economic Espionage (Theft of Trade Secrets), Online Extortion, International Money Laundering, Identity Theft, and a growing list of Internet facilitated crimes. Since June 2000, it has become increasingly evident that, regardless of the label placed on a cyber crime matter, the potential for it to overlap with another referred matter is substantial. Therefore, the IC3, formerly known as the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (Internet Fraud Complaint Center), was renamed in October 2003 to better reflect the broad character of such matters having an Internet, or cyber, nexus referred to the IC3, and to minimize the need for one to distinguish ‘Internet Fraud’ from other potentially overlapping cyber crimes.”

For a useful listing of Internet Crime Prevention Tips, see this page on the IC3 site.

For a review of trends and the specifics of various Internet crime schemes, see this page.

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