How Do You Report Fraud to the FBI?


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To report fraud to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ensure the FBI is the proper investigating authority for the crime in question, and then use the FBI’s Tips and Public Leads form to make a report. Alternatively, contact a local field office to report fraud, advises the FBI.

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Some types of fraud the FBI handles, according to its official website, include fraud related to public corruption such as government and election fraud. It also investigates white-collar crime, including bankruptcy fraud, corporate fraud and financial institution fraud and fraud related to health care, insurance, mass marketing, mortgages and securities and commodities. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center fields reports about Internet fraud.

Some types of fraud are not within the scope of the FBI's investigative authority but must be investigated instead by the U.S. Secret Service. The Secret Service is tasked with ensuring the integrity of the nation’s payment systems and financial infrastructure, explains its official website. As such, it investigates identity crimes and identity theft; false identification fraud; check fraud; bank fraud; and telemarketing fraud. It also investigates fraud in regards to direct deposits, ATMs, claims involving U.S. Treasury checks, disbursements by the U.S. Treasury and fraud within the Treasury payment system.

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