The Internet Crime Complaint Center!

Know what The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is? I didn’t either until today!

I mean I knew there had to be a cyber crime prevention agency of some sort but never gave it a thought until today when Cyber Crimes seem to be all I’m hearing about.

The IC3 was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). The IC3 is set up specifically to receive Internet crime information and to act on it by passing the information on to local, state, federal, and other agencies to investigate as appropriate.

The IC3’s website is very informational. In particular, I found reading the “Internet Crime Schemes” section very interesting. I recognize the following schemes from having “personal” but “not harmful” encounters with:

  • Spam
  • Phishing/Spoofing
  • Lotteries

Interesting, how the IC2 classifies “SPAM” as an Internet Crime Scheme; hmmm!

Oh and when you are done learning about the various Internet Crime Schemes, be sure to page over to the Internet Crime Prevention Tips page to learn how to protect yourself from Internet Crime Schemes.

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