The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) involves a partnership between the National White Collar Crime Center and the FBI.
Focusing on crime done through the use of the Internet, IC3 seeks to offer a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal and civil violations.
Consumers file their complaints directly at the site. The site is found at www.ic3.gov.
IC3 receives, develops and refers the complaints received to various law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction.
IC3 does not “conduct investigations and, therefore, is not able to provide the investigative status” of a complaint. Any decision to prosecute a particular matter set out in a complaint “is at the discretion of the receiving (law enforcement) agencies.”
In addition to serving as a central point for Internet crime victims to report and to alert an appropriate agency, IC3 is an analytical repository of complaints. This means the complaints received can be studied together and the data developed as a result of analysis used to help create Internet crime-fighting policy.
Before filing a complaint, consumers should review carefully the IC3 website content, including the FAQ section.
IC3 urges consumers to contact law enforcement immediately and directly, if they believe they are in any personal danger.
IC3 also makes available various Internet crime scam alerts and offers tips on preventing Internet crime.