How To Report Internet Crime
Need to learn how to report internet crime? There is more than one agency that handles internet crimes. This article will give you an idea of how to report the different kinds of internet crime.
- Decide on the type of internet crime committed. Was it identity theft, fraud or stealing? Many of the crimes that are committed in real life can also be done online. Another example of internet crime is cyber-stalking, which of course in everyday life is just called stalking, and is dangerous. When it's done online it's definitely an internet crime you want to report.
- There are different agencies that handle different crimes. Do an internet search online for the kind of crime you saw committed. Was it cyber-stalking, pedophilia, or another kind of internet crime? When the matching crime comes up that you need to report, go to the site.
- Contact the agency. Look up the state where the crime happened so you can report it to the proper authorities. Only use email if the situation is not an emergency. Call the number of the office responsible for handling this type of crime directly and explain that you have to report a crime that you saw online.
- If the crime you want to report is not an emergency, calling the direct line isn't necessary. At that point you can email the branch you need to contact. While snail mail also works, email is more likely to be responded to in a shorter amount of time.
- Give good, clear information. If the the internet crime you are reporting is an emergency, tell the person whom you contact by phone the website where you encountered the crime and exactly where it was on the website. If the crime was not an emergency, send a link to the website and the exact part of the website where the crime was. Give the contact information of the website as well. Keep in mind how recently the website was updated, too.
Internet crime is as serious as other types of crime. Be vigilant, and report any crimes that you come across.