LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS a list of local police departments in your area
When reporting to local law enforcement you should gather the following information and materials and turn them over to the police investigators, being sure to keep any original documents related to the case:
- Date of birth, driver's license number, social security number, telephone numbers (work, home, and cellular), and e-mail addresses of every victim in the household
Account numbers involved in the theft and the names of primary and secondary account holders
- When and how the fraud or theft was discovered, and under what circumstances the victim became aware of the identity theft
- Exact locations (addresses, businesses, persons involved) where fraudulent use of the identity occurred
- Name, addresses (home and work), phone numbers, date of birth of every person involved in the incident
- Names of financial institutions the victim has notified of the theft, along with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of customer service representatives or investigators who accepted the report, the dates and times of the reports, a brief summary of the conversation, and copies of any e-mail messages or faxes sent to or received from the financial institutions
- Photocopies of any letters, account statements, and other documents associated with the case
- A chronological log of the theft and the victim's actions since discovering the theft, to include information about the discovery of theft or fraud, possible locations of the theft, and names or descriptions of persons around when the theft might have occurred
During the early stages of the investigation it is important to determine the motive. The motive will help direct the investigation. The motive for financial crimes is usually greed, drugs, or revenge. Determining the motive requires investigators to conduct a detailed interview with the victim.
LINKS TO OTHER FEDERAL REPORTING AGENCIES:
THE STOP INITIATIVE TO PROTECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (www.stopfakes.gov) U.S. trading partners efforts to protect and enforce intellectual property (IP).
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON THE INTERNET
This web site gives you information on how to report child pornography to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
THE COMPUTER CRIME AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SECTION (CCIPS) is responsible for implementing the Department's national strategies in combating computer and intellectual property crimes worldwide. The Computer Crime Initiative is a comprehensive program designed to combat electronic penetrations, data thefts, and cyber attacks on critical information systems.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT FOREIGN COMPANIES
Report complaints about transactions with foreign companies. Certified government agencies may use this information to investigate suspect companies and individuals, uncover new scams, and spot trends in fraud.
NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COORDINATING CENTER (report national security and infrastructure issues) Department of Homeland Security, protecting our homeland
CONSUMER COMPLAINT FORM
Report both civil and criminal complaints, such as Internet, telemarketing, and other consumer-related fraud through the Consumer Sentinel database. This tool is used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies to gain immediate and secure access to your complaint.
U.S. COMPUTER EMERGENCY READINESS TEAM (U.S. CERT) (online reporting for technicians) The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the public and private sectors. Established in 2003 to protect the nation's Internet infrastructure, US-CERT coordinates defense against and responses to cyber attacks across the nation.
FURTER WAYS TO REPORTFROM CYBERCRIME.GOV
View this helpful chart of where to report various Internet-related crimes, including hacking, spam, copyright piracy, and child exploitation.
If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, use this form to send a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). While the FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems, your complaint helps them investigate fraud and can lead to law enforcement action.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEY GENERALS The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions
INTERNET FRAUD COMPLAINT CENTER
Alert authorities of a suspected criminal or civil violation through the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC). The IFCC serves as a central place for Internet fraud complaints, works to find fraud patterns, and provides timely data of fraud trends.
INTERNET INVESTMENT FRAUD
File concerns and problems with individual investors at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Complaints can alert the SEC to a bad broker or firm, an unfair practice in the securities industry, or the latest Internet fraud.