How Do You Report Internet Email Scams?


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To report Internet email scams, contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center, also known as I3C, and file a complaint. I3C is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the National White Collar Crime Center, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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When filing a complaint with I3C, the center requires information submitted from the individual filing the complain such as his name, email address and phone number. The center also requires the name, address, phone number and Web address of the person believed to be responsible for the fraudulent activity, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Upon filing a complain, I3C requires definitive information regarding the details of how, why and when the claimed fraud took place.

After filing a complaint, I3C replies with an email containing a complaint ID and password. The email contains a link to a page where an Adobe PDF document of the complaint can be viewed and printed, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The center advises those who do file a complaint to retain all evidence available pertaining to the fraud claim.

I3C does not directly conduct investigations but refers complaints to various federal, state and local agencies, so a status update can not be obtained from this organization directly in regard to a compliant according to its website.

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