The FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) have developed a partnership called the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) to address internet fraud.
Victims are encouraged to use the IC3 complaint form (see External Links below). I n turn, the IC3 sends the information to the proper authorities.
According to the FBI:
"Internet fraud is defined as any fraudulent scheme in which one or more components of the Internet, such as Web sites, chat rooms and email, play a significant role in offering nonexistent goods or services to consumers, communicating false or fraudulent representations about the schemes to consumers, or transmitting victims' funds, access devices or other items of value to the control of the scheme's perpetrators."
(Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Web site, "About the Internet Fraud Complaint Center," accessed 07/29/03.)
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