How to report Internet Crimes and Criminal Activity to the FBI
How to report Internet Crimes to the FBI
The FBI tip page or line (https://tips.fbi.gov/) is a webpage that is monitored 24/7 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and contains a form that the public can use to report suspected terrorism, criminal activity, and cyber crimes (internet crimes) including internet scams, computer viruses and malware, prohibited content (pornography, sensitive images), cyber harassment, cyber bulling, and more.
The FBI tip page sends information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Once received the FBI will potentially review and record the information. However, due to high volume of information received the FBI is unable to reply to every submission.
- To report information to the FBI concerning suspected internet crimes please visit the FBI tips page (line) at https://tips.fbi.gov/ and fill out the information on the digital form.
IF SOMEONE IS IN IMMEDATE DANGER CALL 9-1-1 or your local police immediately. You can also additionally provide information to the FBI tip line (https://tips.fbi.gov/).
What information does the FBI tip page (line) ask for?
- Your first name
- Your last name
- Your phone number
- Your email address
- Your street address
- Your city
- Your state
- Information (3,000 character limit)
- Your Country
- Your zip code/route
What kind of information is the FBI likely to respond to?
The FBI is more likely to respond to information concerning cyber crimes and scams that reach an estimated $1,000,000 USD in damages or contain details about an organization or long-term criminal project.
The FBI is less likely to respond to personal request including the removal of personal content (images, videos, sensitive data) from the web, cyber-bullying, and websites that contain prohibited content. Unfortunately these suspected crimes are often ignored.
Source: Nantucket Police Department / Internet Crimes Unit / ABC News
Additional information about reporting crimes
- Contact your local FBI field office or closest international office;
- Report an online scam or e-mail hoax by filing a complaint online with our Internet Crime Complaint Center or by using our online Tips and Public Leads form;
- To provide information on select major cases, call our Major Case Contact Center at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324); and
- To report fraud, waste, and abuse involving disaster relief, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud by calling (866) 720-5721, by e-mailing email@example.com, or by writing: National Center for Disaster Fraud, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4909.
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