Where to Report Cyber Threats

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.

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

• Federal Trade Commission (online complaint)

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

• Internet Crime Complaint Center

Internet harassment:

• FBI local office

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