How Do You Report a Criminal You Have Seen on an FBI Wanted Poster?


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If a member of the general public, report criminals via the FBI's Online Tips and Public Leads Form, or by calling one of the phone numbers provided on the FBI website. If law enforcement, report through the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal. FBI industry partners also have their own website portal.

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The Online Tips and Public Leads Form provides space to enter personal information and contains a box to detail your reasons for contacting the agency. Click on the Submit button to send the form, which is specifically for terrorism or criminal activity. The FBI receives a large volume of tip and lead submissions, and thus does not review every one.

The website provides different phone numbers for particular criminal activity. The number for the Major Case Contact Center is used for major case information. Criminal activity connected to chemical, biological, or radiological materials has a special toll-free line.

The FBI website also has contact information for individual offices, specifically, the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., FBI field offices in the United States and Puerto Rico, and FBI legal attaché offices in various U.S. embassies across the globe. The latter two offices provide interactive maps showing FBI office locations, along with office contact information.

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