As we spend more time online, crimes that previously occurred face to face — like credit card fraud, identity theft, and harassment — now occur online as well. By reporting cybercrime to the appropriate authorities, you can play a role in making the internet safer and more secure for all.
If you have become a victim of cybercrime, immediately notify your local authorities to file a complaint. Keep and record all evidence of the incident and its suspected source. Below is a list of the government organizations that you can file a complaint with if you are a victim of cybercrime.
Report computer or network vulnerabilities to US-CERT via the hotline (888-282-0870) or the website (www.us-cert.gov). To report phishing attempts to US-CERT, forward phishing emails or websites to US-CERT at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint, if applicable. Report identity theft at www.IdentityTheft.gov, the government’s free, one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft.
If you are a victim of online crime, file a complaint with the Internet Crime Compliant Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov. IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
If you believe someone is using your Social Security number, contact the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) fraud hotline at 800-269-0271.