The IC3 is not a secret, covert, government assignment; although some may think it is, because they have not heard about it. It is also not a new medical billing code, destined to chip away at your Health Savings Account.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is the free online reporting mechanism used to report online crimes, scams, and pretty much anything devious involving the Internet, or a nexus thereof. Have you been victimized by someone online? You can report it. Do you know someone who has been victimized? You can report it. Do you think a scam is occurring? You get the idea.
IC3 is the gateway to report any and all online scams. If you have already filed a local police report, add it as an attachment. If you have not, that’s okay too; it is not a requirement. As is often the case with online scams, there may be instances where a local police report is a good start, but not great at getting that information into the hands of federal criminal intelligence analysts. Our local law enforcement does a great job at sharing information, but they are overworked too. If you can report to federal analysts yourself and get a jumpstart on the criminal process, why not?
IC3 allows anyone to report any crime, anytime. It is free and available to everyone. If you have something that you are unsure of, or if you believe someone has been victimized, or is about to be victimized, report it. Get that information into the hands of law enforcement today! You just might stop someone else from becoming a victim!