IC3's Public/Private Alliances

In addition to the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a number of other agencies have provided added value to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) project in the form of staffing, recommendations, and other support. IC3 is taking aggressive steps to exponentially strengthen law enforcement's ability to identify and combat Internet crimes. New and expanded alliances with industry is a key component to making Internet e-commerce safer for consumers. Association with these industry partners will allow the IC3 to capitalize on the information and intelligence received from industry partners to ensure significant cases are developed and referred to law enforcement in an expeditious fashion. Among these are:

Business Software Alliance (BSA)
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) was founded in 1988 and includes members throughout the world who are part of the high-tech industry. BSA promotes policy, education, and intellectual enforcement efforts on behalf of its members.
Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA), founded in 1917, represents businesses interested in direct, database, and interactive global marketing. The DMA's membership includes companies from the United States and 44 foreign nations. The DMA works to encourage the education, growth and profitability of members through direct/interactive marketing methods.
eBay Inc., founded in September 1995, provides an online venue for the sale of goods and services by a diverse community of individuals and small businesses. eBay has over a hundred million registered members from around the world.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to enforce federal consumer protection laws that prevent deception and unfair business practices. In addition, the Commission investigates deceptive commercial email and spammer's responsibilities under the Can-Spam law. Whether combating telemarketing fraud or Internet scams, the FTC's primary mission is to protect consumers.
Financial Services Industry
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is working with the Financial Institution Fraud Unit (FIFU) and members of the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) to ensure IC3 is receiving, interpreting, and leveraging financial institution data in the most effective manner. The FSR is composed of a group of the 100 largest financial institutions in the United States who have organized to advance common industry goals, to include fraud prevention.
Merchant Risk Council (MRC)
The Merchant Risk Council (MRC) is a not-for-profit organization founded in September 2000. It provides education about fraud prevention techniques and encourages businesses selling online to adopt best practices and anti-fraud technologies. The Network's merchant focus distinguishes this group from others that are trying to combat this problem.
Microsoft, founded in 1975, is the world's largest producer of personal and business computer software. Through MSN, Microsoft provides a wide variety of web-based services, including the MSN Network and MSN Hotmail, which are used by millions of people on a daily basis.
National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA)
The mission of the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) is to provide a neutral, collaborative venue where critical, confidential information about cyber incidents can be shared discreetly, and where resources can be shared among industry, academia, and law enforcement. The Alliance facilitates advanced training, promotes security awareness to reduce cyber-vulnerability, and conducts forensic and predictive analysis and lab simulations which are all intended to educate organizations and enhance their abilities to manage risk and develop security strategies and best practices.
Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) strives to combat economic and financial crime through cooperative working relationships with established enforcement and regulatory agencies. The Commission is empowered to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and penalize economic and financial crimes and is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the provisions of other laws and regulations relating to economic and financial crimes.
Reporting Economic Crime On-Line (RECOL)
Reporting Economic Crime On-Line (RECOL) is administered by the National White Collar Crime Center of Canada (NW4C) and is supported by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other participating agencies. RECOL involves an integrated partnership between international, federal, and provincial law enforcement agencies, as well as with regulators and private commercial organizations that have a legitimate investigative interest in receiving complaints involving economic crime.
United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service. Postal Inspectors enforce over 200 federal laws in investigations of crimes that may adversely affect or fraudulently use the U.S. Mail, the postal system, or postal employees. Many fraud schemes that originate over the Internet, such as auction fraud or multi-level marketing schemes, involve payment or delivery via the U.S. Mail and are under the jurisdiction of the USPIS.