How to Report Suspicious Email Fraud


The Internet Crime Complaint Center is a way for people to report instances of email fraud. Created as a joint initiative between the National White Collar Crime Center, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, IC3's goal, as stated on its website, is "to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime." If you suspect that an email you have received is a fraudulent one, you can file a complaint directly with IC3. Reporting the suspected fraud may help IC3 identify similar patterns, which may eventually lead to law enforcement intervention.

  • Visit IC3's "Welcome to IC3" website and then choose the "File a Complaint" link located under the "Filing a Complaint with IC3" section.

  • Click on the "I Accept" button at the bottom of the page after reading the overview information. You are routed to the "Incident Characteristics" questionnaire.

    Complete the questionnaire by following the prompts and selecting "Next" at the bottom of the page. Upon completing the questionnaire, you will be routed to the appropriate online "Complaint Referral Form" based on the characteristics surrounding the potential fraud.

  • Enter your personal information and then complete the fields provided as thoroughly as possible. Complete the form by selecting "Next" at the bottom of the page and following the prompts. You have successfully reported a suspicious email fraud.

Tips & Warnings

  • Depending on the details you provided, IC3 may not contact you directly but may refer your case to your local law enforcement agency.


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