The mission of INTERPOL Washington, the United States National Central Bureau, is to advance the law enforcement interests of the United States as the official representative to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL); to share criminal justice, humanitarian, and public safety information between our nation's law enforcement community and its foreign counterparts, and to facilitate transnational investigative efforts that enhance the safety and security of our nation.
BEWARE OF FRAUDSTERS and SCAMMERS! Neither INTERPOL nor INTERPOL Washington contacts private citizens to request personal information. INTERPOL Washington communicates with official law enforcement officials only. INTERPOL is aware of emails circulating on the Internet from individuals claiming to be officials or agents of INTERPOL or INTERPOL Washington that ask for personal or financial information. These messages often imply that they are trying to verify information or offer protection. The messages may also include a threat that a citizen will be considered a criminal if he or she does not comply. If an individual receives an email from someone claiming to represent INTERPOL or INTERPOL Washington, and personal information or bank account information requested, the request should be ignored; neither personal nor financial information should be provided. In cases where personal or financial information is inadvertently provided, local law enforcement should be contacted immediately to determine how to proceed.