The Department plays an essential role in the fight against sophisticated
Hotline/How to file a complaint
Report suspected Corporate Fraud directly to FBI Headquarters via the Corporate Fraud
Hotline. The toll-free telephone number, 888-622-0117,
is manned by FBI analysts Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
If you want to report possible online crime, including Internet fraud
(for example, "get-rich-quick" schemes or online auction fraud)
whether or not you have lost money, please use the ICCC's online complaint form at the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
To report e-mail that involves possibly fraudulent claims about medical
devices or products (for example, so-called "miracle" cures)
please email the Food and Drug Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forward investment-related spam e-mails to the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission at email@example.com.
To report suspected identity fraud, contact the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) to report the situation:
How to Report a Complaint about Waste,
Fraud, Abuse, or Misconduct in the Department of Justice
- Online: Submit the Complaint
Input Form electronically;
- By telephone: Toll-free at 1-877-ID THEFT (877-438-4338) or TDD
at 202-326-2502; or,
- By mail: Consumer Response Center, FTC, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
N.W., Washington, DC 20580.
How to Report Suspected Bankruptcy
How to Report Procurement
To file complaints against companies: The Federal Citizens Information
Center (FCIC) Complaint
Resources page offers a list of Federal Agencies where you can document
a complaint against a company.
Hurricane Katrina Fraud
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales established the Hurricane Katrina
Task Force to deter, detect, and prosecute instances of fraud related
to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, with an initial emphasis on
charity fraud, identity theft, insurance fraud, and procurement and
government-benefit fraud. To learn more, visit the Hurricane
Katrina Fraud Task Force Web site.
The President's Corporate Fraud Task Force oversees
and directs the investigation and prosecution of significant financial
crimes involving fraud by corporations and other business organizations.
The Deputy Attorney General chairs the Task Force, which includes the
FBI Director, Assistant Attorneys General for the Criminal and Tax Divisions,
and United States Attorneys from major business centers. The Task Force
coordinates the Department's law enforcement and regulatory efforts
in the corporate fraud area with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Labor, the Commodities
Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the United States Postal Inspection
Service, each of which is also a Task Force member. The Task Force also
develops policy, regulatory and legislative recommendations for the
Attorney General and the President to better combat corporate fraud.
For more information, see the Revised
Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations.
The National Procurement Fraud Task Force was
created by Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty on October 10, 2006,
to promote the prevention, early detection and prosecution of procurement
fraud. The Task Force emphasizes civil and criminal enforcement in the
areas of defective pricing, product substitution, misuse of classified
and procurement sensitive information, false claims, grant fraud, labor
mischarging, fraud involving foreign military sales, ethics and conflict
of interest violations, and public corruption associated with procurement
Identity Theft and Fraud
Identity theft and identity fraud are crimes in which someone obtains
and uses another person's personal information in some way that involves
fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. Visit our Web pages to find precautions
you can take to protect yourself from identity theft.
In general, the same types of fraud schemes that have victimized consumers
and investors for many years before the proliferation of Internet
use are now appearing online. You may find fraud schemes in chat rooms,
e-mail, message boards, or on Web sites. Find more information at
our Internet fraud site, where you can also find
tips on dealing with Internet fraud.
"Phishing" is a general term for criminals’ creation and
use of e-mails and websites – designed to look like e-mails and websites
of well-known legitimate businesses, financial institutions, and government
agencies – in order to deceive Internet users into disclosing their
bank and financial account information or other personal data such as
usernames and passwords. The "phishers" then take that information
and use it for criminal purposes, such as identity theft and fraud.
For more information, see the Special
Report on "Phishing"
Africa-Based Investment Schemes
An increasing volume of spam consists of e-mail from a person who represents
himself or herself as having some African affiliation, and who is
soliciting you to help him or her transfer illegally obtained or questionable
funds out of a nation in Africa. (Some more recent e-mails purport
to involve moving money out of Afghanistan.) These solicitations are
fraudulent, and may violate one or more federal criminal laws.
Do not send any money or financial account information if you receive
one of these e-mails (or a letter or fax of a similar nature). See the U.S.
Secret Service Financial Crimes Division web page for more information.
If you have responded to one of these online solicitations and have
lost money, please contact the Internet
Crime Complaint Center, a joint venture of the FBI and the National
White Collar Crime Center, and use the ICCC's
online complaint form.
Fraudulent telemarketers typically use false and misleading statements,
representations, and promises when offering you goods and services,
investments, or asking you to donate funds to charitable causes. To
learn more about how you can avoid becoming a victim of telephone
marketing fraud, visit our telemarketing fraud site, English or Spanish.
Are you having trouble making your home mortgage payments? Are you facing
foreclosure on your home? Get all the facts before you pay someone to
help you work out your mortgage problems. Check out our consumer alert
on mortgage foreclosure scams.
Gather all the information you need and do comparative shopping when
you need a mortgage. Looking for the Best Mortgage? A Consumer Information
Brochure will guide you on what you need to know when obtaining
Additional Information about Investigating Fraud
- Consumer information links help consumers locate information that may be useful to them and provide guidance in how to file complaints when appropriate.
- To find out about other types of computer crime and cybercrime legal and policy issues, see the Cybercrime web site.
- There is a collection of publications on the National Criminal Justice Reference Service's victims of fraud page.
- See the FBI's Common Fraud Schemes page for additional fraud prevention tips.
- Additional information about fraud can be found on other Federal Government websites, including the Federal Citizen Information Center Scams and Frauds page and USA.gov's Consumer Information page at www.consumer.gov.
For more information about the Department components that are most
active in this area, consult the Criminal Division Fraud Section, Civil Division Office of Consumer Litigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation web sites.