Reporting Internet Fraud

Reporting Internet FraudWhile a lot of Internet fraud is easy to detect and avoid, criminals often go to great lengths to ensure that their online scam looks legitimate. What if someone has already discovered that they had fallen victim to Internet fraud, have submitted sensitive information, unwittingly involved in fraudulent purchases, cashed fake money orders, etc.?

The U.S. government provides a number of important, easy to use resources through which suspected or proven Internet fraud can be reported to the relevant Federal, state, local or international authorities.

Internet Crime Complaint Center

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in partnership with the National White Crime Collar Center (NW3C) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, have established an Internet Crime Complaint Center, which plays a very important role in internet fraud protection. Here, victims or third parties can report fraud, so that appropriate measures can be taken.

Various government agencies have useful information on their websites on how to identify, prevent or report Internet fraud, including the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice . The Internet Crime Complaint Center has a convenient online complaint form through which Internet fraud can be reported.

Government Officials Impersonated

It is also important to note that some criminals may pose as a government agency themselves, including assuming the identities of FBI, Department of Justice, or Internal Revenue Service agents. It must be kept in mind that these government agencies never send out unsolicited emails requiring any personal information for “confirmation purposes.”

These agencies are typically aware of such identity fraud committed in their name, and if someone receives a suspicious email from what seems to be a government agency, it is likely that the agency’s actual website will have spam alerts warning them not to respond to emails of this nature.