an effort to more accurately reflect the wide-ranging
nature of on-line complaints being reported, the FBI
and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)
today announced that the Internet Fraud Complaint
Center will now be called the Internet Crime Complaint
Center, or “IC3.”
The IC3, which began in May, 2000, is a partnership
between the FBI and the NW3C to serve as a vehicle
to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints
regarding the rapidly expanding areas of cyber crimes.
The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient
and easy-to-use reporting mechanism for alerting authorities
of suspected criminal or civil violations. Within
the FBI, the IC3 is a component of the Cyber Division.
The name change will not alter the course of business
in that the IC3 will continue to emphasize serving
the broader law enforcement community and all the
key components of the 50 FBI-led Cyber Crime Task
Forces throughout the country.
Jana Monroe, FBI Assistant Director, Cyber Division,
said, “Among the top priorities at the IC3 is
to establish effective alliances with private industry
which will enable us to leverage both intelligence
and subject matter expertise. This approach is pivotal
in identifying and crafting a proactive response to
Monroe added, “Through already strong but growing
partnerships with NW3C, private sector and foreign
and domestic law enforcement, we have built a solid
foundation to address today’s cyber criminals
no matter where they are or how complex their schemes
and local law enforcement participation is a cornerstone
to the success of IC3,” said Glen B. Gainer
III, NW3C’s Chairman of the Board. “IC3
will continue to receive, database, and refer complaints
to law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction.”
its inception, the IC3 has received complaints across
a wide array of cyber crime matters including on-line
frauds in its many forms. Examples of complaints received
involve identity theft, international money laundering,
computer intrusions, on-line extortion, credit and
debit card scams, intellectual property theft and
a growing number of on-line schemes.
year, the IC3 received and processed more than 120,000
complaints, many of which pass through multiple jurisdictions
and overlap with other crimes, making cooperation
on all fronts a necessity. Once a complaint is filed
with IC3, further analysis is conducted to identify
and quantify crime patterns and provide statistics
on current trends. The complaint is then expeditiously
packaged and sent to appropriate law enforcement agencies
for further investigative action.
E-Con” and more recently “Operation Cyber
Sweep” represent successful investigative initiatives
supported by IC3. In those initiatives, more than
200 such investigations were productively packaged,
resulting in arrests and/or charges of more than 250
individuals for engaging in a variety of cyber crimes.
IC3, located in Fairmont, West Virginia, is comprised
of agents, analysts, and IT specialists from the FBI
as well as supervisors, analysts and IT specialists
from the NW3C. Currently, there are 62 total staff
members at IC3.
conjunction with the new name, a new web address has
also been established at http://www.ic3.gov.
Users can file a complaint via this new site, as well
as by utilizing the previous site (http://www.ifccfbi.gov)
over the next several months, which will aid in accomplishing
a relatively seamless transition to this new name/site.