Reporting Computer Hacking, Fraud and Other Internet-Related Crime

The primary federal law enforcement agencies that investigate domestic crime on the Internet include: the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Secret Service, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) , the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) . Each of these agencies has offices conveniently located in every state to which crimes may be reported. Contact information regarding these local offices may be found in local telephone directories. In general, federal crime may be reported to the local office of an appropriate law enforcement agency by a telephone call and by requesting the "Duty Complaint Agent."

Each law enforcement agency also has a headquarters (HQ) in Washington, D.C., which has agents who specialize in particular areas. For example, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service both have headquarters-based specialists in computer intrusion (i.e., computer hacker) cases.

To determine some of the federal investigative law enforcement agencies that may be appropriate for reporting certain kinds of crime, please refer to the following:

 

Type of Crime

Appropriate federal investigative
law enforcement agencies

Computer intrusion (i.e. hacking)

FBI local office

U.S. Secret Service

Internet Crime Complaint Center

Password trafficking

FBI local office

U.S. Secret Service

Internet Crime Complaint Center

Counterfeiting of currency  U.S. Secret Service 
Child Pornography or Exploitation 

FBI local office

if imported, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Internet Crime Complaint Center

Child Exploitation and Internet Fraud matters that have a mail nexus

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Internet Crime Complaint Center

Internet fraud and SPAM

FBI local office

U.S. Secret Service(Financial Crimes Division)

Federal Trade Commission(online complaint)

if securities fraud or investment-related SPAM e-mails, Securities and Exchange Commission (online complaint)

The Internet Crime Complaint Center

Internet harassment FBI local office
Internet bomb threats

FBI local office

ATF local office

Trafficking in explosive or incendiary devices or firearms over the Internet

FBI local office

ATF local office

 

For more information about cyber crimes please feel free to visit the Department of Justice's Cyber Crime website at http://www.cybercrime.gov/.