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Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

Everyday around the world thousands of people receive in their email inbox an email from a person that they don’t know. Sometimes these emails are asking the individual to send them their banking information so that they may receive a check for a large sum of money from some distant relative that the person never knew that they had. In short, it’s an email scam. The one above is just an example of the hundreds that are out there daily. Where does a person turn to report these scams? Do they have any legal recourse if they were to fall for one of these scams? The internet crime complaint center is often referenced for these types malicious activity, but what is the internet crime complaint center? What type of crimes does the internet crime complaint center handle? These and other questions regarding the internet crime complaint center have answered below by the Experts.

What is the internet crime complaint center?

The internet crime complaint center is a task force that is comprised of the National White Collar Crime Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The internet crime complaint center, also known as the IC3, is the center in which complaints pertaining to cyber-crime. The IC3 allows those that have been affected by cyber crime can report to a convenient and user friendly center, where their complaints are received, developed and referred to the authorities and any agencies that regulate at all levels from local all the way to the international level.

Can a person contact the internet crime complaint center about scam emails?

Yes in most situations a person can report email scams to the internet crime complaint center. If a person is not sure if an email is a scam they may also contact the IC3 to find out if the email that they received was part of a scam. People should be careful and remember not to give out personal information.

Does the internet crime complaint center handle extortion?

Many times, yes the internet crime complaint center does handle claims of extortion. If the threats or demands have done through an internet venue then the IC3 will handle the claim. These venues could be email, Facebook, an instant messaging service, they important thing is that the demands or threats be done via the internet for the internet crime complaint center to become involved.

Where would an individual file a complaint regarding theft/fraud on Ebay?

A person should first report the problem to Ebay, if they have already done this and have had no results, they may also report the theft or fraud to the internet crime complaint center. Since the internet crime complaint center is a multi-agency made up of the FBI, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National White Collar Crime Center and ranges from local enforcement to international law enforcement.

The internet crime complaint center is where individuals may report cyber crimes. It is made up of the FBI, National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Its scope ranges from local law enforcement to international law enforcement depending on the nature of the cyber crime. Cyber crime is a growing problem and the internet crime complaint center is a tool that is used to help cut down on this type of crime.
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