How Do You Turn in Scammers for Fraud?

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One of the many ways you can report an individual whom you suspect to be committing fraud is by filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). IC3 was jointly created by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). One of the goals of the organization is to collect information pertaining to alleged white-collar crimes and then refer the information to various law enforcement agencies that may have jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute perpetrators.

Access the "Welcome to IC3" page on IC3's homepage. (See Resource 1)

Read the overview information and select the "File a Complaint" link at the bottom of the page.

Read the information under the "File a Complaint" section and agree to the terms and conditions by selecting the "I Accept" button located at the bottom of the page. You are redirected to the "Incident Characteristics" page.

Choose the radio button matching the nature of suspected fraud, select "Next" and follow the prompts to complete the "Incident Characteristics" questionnaire. After completing the questionnaire, you are redirected to an online "Complaint Referral Form" that matches the nature of the suspected fraud.

Provide your personal credentials, such as your name, address and the name of your local law enforcement agency, in the boxes provided.

Complete the remaining form by entering as much detail as possible regarding the individual you suspect of committing the alleged fraud.

Scroll to the bottom of the page, select "Next" and submit the form by following the prompts.


  • You may also report an individual whom you suspect of committing an alleged fraud by contacting the Office of the Attorney General in your state of residence. Visit Consumer Fraud Reporting's "Attorney Generals" page to locate the contact information of your state's Office of the Attorney General. (See Resource 2)



About the Author

Eric Som has been writing professionally since 2002, contributing to various websites. He is certified through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Som holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Laws from Handong Global University. He also has a Juris Doctor degree from an Ohio law school.

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