Internet-related crime, like any other crime, should
be reported to appropriate law enforcement investigative authorities at the local,
state, federal, or international levels, depending on the scope of the crime.
Citizens who are aware of federal crimes should report them to local offices of federal law enforcement.
Reporting Computer Hacking, Fraud and Other Internet-Related Crime
Reporting Intellectual Property Crime
The primary federal law enforcement agencies that investigate domestic crime on the Internet include:
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Secret Service, the United States Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) , the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) . Each of these agencies has offices conveniently located in every state to
which crimes may be reported. Contact information regarding these local offices may be found in local
telephone directories. In general, federal crime may be reported to the local office of an appropriate
law enforcement agency by a telephone call and by requesting the "Duty Complaint Agent.
Each law enforcement agency also has a headquarters (HQ) in Washington,
D.C., which has agents who specialize in particular areas. For example, the FBI and the U.S. Secret
Service both have headquarters-based specialists in computer intrusion (i.e., computer hacker) cases.
To determine some of the federal investigative law enforcement agencies
that may be appropriate for reporting certain kinds of crime, please refer to the following table:
Other Cybercrime Reporting Resources
- The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). IC3's mission
is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer 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, and local
level, IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet
The Internet Crime Complaint Center
- Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Coordinating
Center: (202) 282-9201 (report incidents relating to national security and infrastructure issues)
- U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S. CERT) (online reporting for technicians)