If you have been the victim of criminal activity, report the crime to your local law enforcement agency.
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) - IC3.gov is an FBI and National White Collar Crime Center partnership that collects all Internet crime complaints. Citizens may fill out the complaint form with the information they have and IC3 will connect that complaint to all similar complaints, and where possible, refer the complaint to law enforcement for action. The website contains detailed information regarding current scams and frauds.
Below are some resources that will help you navigate cyberspace more safely:
- CIS website: cisecurity.org
- Daily tips: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/daily-tips
- Patch Advisories: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/advisories/
- Monthly newsletters: including topics like safe shopping online and explanations of various types of malware, http://msisac.cisecurity.org/newsletters/
- CIS Security Primers – 1 page explanations of particular topics, such as strong passwords, online banking, tech support call scams, and securing devices while traveling: http://iic.cisecurity.org/resources/index.cfm
- IdentityTheft.gov – is the Federal Trade Commission’s website to assist consumers who are the victim’s of identity theft. It contains free information regarding recovering from identity theft, as well as information regarding the most current scams and frauds. Complaints may be filed at ftccomplaintassistant.gov.
- US-CERT Home and Business User page - https://www.us-cert.gov/home-and-business This page includes general information about a variety of different cyber topics from cloud computing, to securing a home network and viruses.
- FTC Business Center – The FTC Business Center (https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center) provides information on scams and frauds targeting businesses. Complaints may be filed at ftccomplaintassistant.gov.
- LooksTooGoodToBeTrue.com – Is a website run by law enforcement and industry to educate consumers on frauds and scams.
- OnGuard Online is a federal website promoting safety online. It provides resources and other information for citizens. www.onguardonline.gov/
- Stop.Think.Connect.org is a campaign to educate citizens about the dangers of the Internet. Citizens will find general information here.
- StaySafeOnline.org is run by the National Cyber Security Alliance, co-sponsors Stop.Think.Connect, and will provide citizens and businesses with information regarding staying safe on the Internet.
- Snopes.com – is a private website that tracks the latest urban legends. They frequently provide information on Internet scams.
- USA.gov provides a list of Consumer Guides and Protection websites. (www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Consumer-Safety.shtml)
- Who Calls Me is a private website that tracks the phone number of various cold callers and scams. www.whocallsme.com