File Internet Fraud Complaints Online
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Attorney General Janet Reno today officially announced availability of the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) web site. Using the secured IFCC Web site, consumers can now file complaints of Internet fraud online.
According to a CNN story of 5/8/00 , Reno stated that the new Web site will provide federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with a "one-stop shopping approach to identifying Internet fraud schemes."The Internet Fraud Complaint Center, a joint effort of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center will:
- Receive online complaints,
- analyze them to identify particular schemes and general crime trends in Internet fraud, and
- compile and refer potential Internet fraud schemes to law enforcement.
In addition, agents from the Internal Revenue Service and Postal Inspection Service will be assigned to assist in collection and investigation of complaints.
Persons wishing to file a complaint of suspected Internet fraud should connect to the File a Complaint page of the IFCC Web site, read the advisory notices and then complete the complaint form presented there.
Ruben Garcia, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, defines Internet fraud as:
"Any instance in which any one or more components of the Internet, such as the Web sites, the chat rooms, e-mail ... play a significant role in offering nonexistent goods or services to customers, in communicating false or fraudulent representations about schemes to consumers, in transmitting victims' funds or any other items of value to the control of the schemes' perpetrator."
To avoid falling victim to Internet fraud, the Justice Department suggests:
- Do not assume that everything on the Internet is true.
- Do not give out valuable personal data without knowing who's asking for it.
- Do be wary of someone online asking you for data if the person requesting the data is concealing their identity.
- Do report fraud immediately
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