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Definition of fraud with intent 

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Inter-jurisdiction challenges 

Inter-jurisdiction cooperation 

The cost of a fraud investigation   

Helping to defray the expenses of a fraud investigation at no cost to you

The biggest obstacle for investigators

Understanding fraud evidence that demonstrates intent 

Losses to a group of scam victims

Your role as a scam victim or someone who has knowledge of a scam being perpetrated on others

 

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WHERE TO REPORT A SCAM: Choosing the right jurisdiction

Intro: Page 1 - Page 2

Law Enforcement Jurisdictions:

US City, Town, and County  US State  US Federal  Foreign & International  Internet

Internet Jurisdictions:

Internet Fraud Complaint Center  Internet Better Business Bureau

National Fraud Information Center   SEC Internet Enforcement Program

Jurisdictions on the Internet overlap considerably, meaning that more than one agency covers the same types of fraud.

Here are some examples of Internet fraud categories:

 

  •   Credit card fraud/theft 

  •   Identity theft

  •   Consumer fraud

  •   Investment fraud

  •   Wire fraud

  •  Money laundering

  •  Auction fraud

  •  Terrorist activity

  •  Sales fraud

  •  Email and chat scams

In short, the same criminal activity found on the street, but committed over the Internet.

 

 

 

Internet Fraud Complaint Center:

The Internet Fraud Complaint Center is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center*, specializing in fraud committed on the Internet. 

When to contact the Internet Fraud Complaint Center

If you have knowledge, evidence, or suspicion of fraudulent activity being perpetrated on the Internet.

How to contact the Internet Fraud Complaint Center

Before filing a complaint with this agency, be sure you have the following information at the ready since the complaint form allows a limited time for each section:

1. Personal Information: 2 - 4 minutes

2. Type of Fraud

3. Perpetrator Information: 1 - 3 minutes

4. Contact Information: 2 - 5 minutes

You will find and online complaint form at http://www1.ifccfbi.gov/cf1.asp

* The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) is a nonprofit organization that provides a nationwide support system for law enforcement and regulatory agencies involved in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime.

 

Internet Better Business Bureau (BBBOnline):

The BBB specializes in consumer complaints.  It is best to review their complaint policies at http://www.bbbonline.org/consumer/complaint.asp 

National Fraud Information Center:

This agency covers a wide variety of frauds.  It is best to review their complaint policies at http://www.fraud.org/info/contactnfic.htm 

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Internet Enforcement Program:

The SEC specializes in investment fraud.  It is best to review their complaint policies at http://www.sec.gov/complaint.shtml 

 

No matter which agency you contact, follow the best policy when addressing law enforcement with suspicion or knowledge of a crime:

If you are calling in a tip that you suspect someone of a violation, before you call write down what you want to say, including valid reasons for your suspicions. 

If you are calling in with direct, personal knowledge and/or and experience, have your long narrative or short narrative and evidence package ready.

 

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Custom Search

Jurisdictions Menu

Introduction: Navigating the system

Definition of jurisdiction

Definition of fraud with intent 

Jurisdiction specialties 

Inter-jurisdiction challenges 

Inter-jurisdiction cooperation 

The cost of a fraud investigation   

Helping to defray the expenses of a fraud investigation at no cost to you

The biggest obstacle for investigators

Understanding fraud evidence that demonstrates intent 

Losses to a group of scam victims

Your role as a scam victim or someone who has knowledge of a scam being perpetrated on others

 

Jurisdictions

Local Enforcement:

US city, borough, or township

County sheriffs

State enforcement:

State Attorney General's Office

State Attorney's Office

Office of the Secretary of State

State's Bureau of Investigation

State Securities Commission

Federal Enforcement:

Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI

Secret Service

US Marshals

US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Federal Trade Commission FTC

Securities & Exchange Commission SEC

Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division IRS

Overseas & International Enforcement:

INTERPOL

Scotland Yard  

The UK's Serious Fraud Office 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP - Mounties)

The National White Collar Crime Centre of Canada (NW4C) 

PhoneBusters  

Secret Service Overseas  

FBI Overseas

Internet

Internet Fraud Complaint Center 

Internet Better Business Bureau

National Fraud Information Center  

SEC Internet Enforcement Program

 

 

 

 

Work at home job scams: Payment Processing, Shipping, Check Writing, Western Union, MoneyGram, more...

 

Lottery Scams

 

YOUR CHECK LIABILITY: How to really verify a check, money order, traveler's check, cashier's check, etc.

Your ID Theft Prevention To-Do List

Threats from scammers: What to do and how to do it

             

 


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