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The U.S. Attorney’s Office is primarily a litigating office and not an investigative office.  Almost all of the complaints we receive request that we investigate some allegation.  We either refer those complaints to one of the investigating agencies or we return the complaint with instructions to go to one of those agencies.  Your complaint will be more efficiently processed if you go directly to the most appropriate agency.  Below is a list of the more common types of crimes with links to the appropriate agency information.

This list is not exhaustive, it is only a generic summary.  You should visit the agency web pages and/or contact the agency directly for assistance and detailed information.

Arson and Explosives

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives              
Boston:  617-557-1200
http://www.atf.gov
Tips:  https://www.atf.gov/content/contact-us/hotlines
 

Bank Fraud/Money Laundering

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                          
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Bank Robberies

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                          
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Bankruptcy Fraud

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                          
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Border Crimes

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
Hotline: 1-800-BE-ALERT
http://www.cbp.gov
 

Child Exploitation and Child Pornography

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                          
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Boston: 781-359-7500
http://www.ice.gov
 

Child Support Enforcement

Massachusetts Child Support Enforcement Division
Customer Service: 1-800-332-2733
http://www.mass.gov/dor/child-support

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Child Support Enforcement
Hotline:  1-800-477-8477
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse
 

Civil Rights Complaints

In May 2010, to coordinate the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in enforcing federal civil rights laws, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz formed the Civil Rights Enforcement Team (CRET) which is composed of Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA) and support staff from the criminal and civil divisions of this office. The primary goal of the CRET is to develop a comprehensive enforcement and outreach strategy to address civil rights issues that arise in the District of Massachusetts.

For more information, please visit our outreach and prevention page on Civil Rights.
 

Computer Crimes

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                          
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Consumer Fraud

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division
Customer Service: (617) 727-8400
http://www.mass.gov/ago/bureaus/public-protection-and-advocacy/the-consumer-protection-division/

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Counterfeiting

U.S. Secret Service                                                                                                 
Boston:  617-565-5640
http://www.secretservice.gov
 

Credit Card Fraud

U.S. Secret Service                                                                                                 
Boston:  617-565-5640
http://www.secretservice.gov
 

Customs

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Boston: 781-359-7500
http://www.ice.gov
 

Drugs and Narcotics

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
New England Regional Office, Boston:  617-557-2100
http://www.dea.gov
 

Education Fraud

U.S. Department of Education – Office of the Inspector General
Hotline: 1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733)
http://www.ed.gov
 

Elder Abuse

U.S. Administration on Aging
Hotline: 1-800-677-1116
National Center on Elder Abuse
http://www.ncea.aoa.gov

Elder Abuse and Protective Services for Massachusetts Adults
Hotline: 1-800-922-2275
http://www.mass.gov/elders/service-orgs-advocates/protective-services-program.html
 

Environmental Crime

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
New England, Region 1:  888-372-7341
http://www.epa.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                          
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

U.S. Marshalls Service (USMS)
District of Massachusetts:  617-748-2500
http://www.usmarshals.gov
 

Firearms

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives              
Boston:  617-557-1200
http://www.atf.gov
Tips:  https://www.atf.gov/content/contact-us/hotlines
 

Fair Housing/Housing Discrimination

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
New England, Region 1: 617-994-8200
http://www.hud.gov
 

Fish & Wildlife Crimes

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Northeast Regional Office:  413-253-8200
http://www.fws.gov
 

Food Stamp Fraud

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Office of the Inspector General
Hotline:  1-800-424-9121
http://www.usda.gov/oig
 

Fraud Against the Federal Government

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                          
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Requests

Send a written request to:
Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys
Department of Justice
FOIA/Privacy Act
600 E Street, NW – Room 7300
Washington, DC  20530-0001
http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foia-pa-requests.html
 

Gang Activity

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives              
Boston:  617-557-1200
http://www.atf.gov
Tips:  https://www.atf.gov/content/contact-us/hotlines
 

Hate Crimes

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Heath Care Fraud

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services                        
Boston: 617-565-1500
Hotline: 1-800-447-8477
Email: HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov
http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Boston:  617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Housing Fraud

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development            
Boston: 617-994-8200
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/prevent_loan_scams
 

Human Trafficking

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)                           
Boston: 781-359-7500
Hotline: 1-866-347-2423
http://www.ice.gov/contact/ero
Complaint:  http://www.ic3.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Identity Theft

Federal Trade Commission                                                                 
IdentityTheft.gov

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston:  617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Immigration Crime

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)                           
Boston:  781-359-7500
Hotline: 1-866-347-2423
http://www.ice.gov/contact/ero
Complaint: http://www.ic3.gov
 

Internet Fraud

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Labor/Employment/Retirement/Fraud

U.S. Department of Labor                                                                                   
Hotline: 1-866-487-2365
http://www.oig.dol.gov
 

Mortgage Fraud

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Organized Crime

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Postal Crime

U.S. Postal Inspection Service                                                            
Boston:  617-556-4400
https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov
 

Public Corruption

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Social Security Fraud

Social Security Administration                                                           
Boston:  617-565-2870
Hotline:  1-800-269-0271
 

Stalking

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Tax Fraud

Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation                                                   
Boston:  617-316-2080
Hotline: 1-800-829-1040
http://www.irs.gov
 

Telemarketing Fraud

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov
 

Terrorism and National Security

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston:  617-742-5533                                                                                                        
https://tips.fbi.gov
 

Threats Against the President

U.S. Secret Service                                                                                                 
Boston:  617-565-5640
http://www.secretservice.gov
 

Veterans Affairs Violations

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Office of the Inspector General                            
Hotline: 1-800-488-8244
http://www.va.gov/oig/hotline/default.asp
 

Violent Crime

Federal Bureau of Investigation                                                         
Boston: 617-742-5533
http://www.fbi.gov

Updated June 22, 2016