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Federal Bureau of Investigation - The FBI



The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Title 28, United States Code (U.S. Code), Section 533, which authorizes the Attorney General to "appoint officials to detect...crimes against the United States," and other federal statutes give the FBI the authority and responsibility to investigate specific crimes. At present, the FBI has investigative jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes.


WHITE-COLLAR CRIMES: The White-Collar Crime Program, the largest of the FBI's criminal programs, targets such criminal activity as money laundering, bank fraud and embezzlement, public corruption, environmental crimes, fraud against the government, health care fraud, election law violations, and telemarketing fraud.


Each FBI Field Office has what is called an investigation loss amount threshold.  This means that due to budgetary limitations they cannot investigate a loss of less than a certain amount.  A white collar crime investigation can easily cost the Bureau (and taxpayers) $200,000 and more, therefore the loss threshold at most FBI offices is $100,000 and a few have a $500,000 loss threshold. 


When to contact the FBI:

When you have evidence or knowledge of:



White-Collar Crime

White-Collar Crime: FBI Strategic Plan

Corporate Fraud

Health Care Fraud

Mortgage Fraud

Identity Theft

Insurance Fraud

Telemarketing Fraud

Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering

Bankruptcy Fraud

More ...


Major Thefts/Violent Crimes

Art Theft

Crimes Against Children

Violent Gangs

Native American Country Crime

Jewelry and Gem Program


How to contact the FBI:

FBI field offices are located in 56 major cities. Of those, 55 are in the United States, and one is in Puerto Rico. The locations were selected according to crime trends, the need for regional geographic centralization, and the need to efficiently manage resources.


There are 4 ways to contact the FBI;


Look in your telephone book for the phone number of the nearest office, or look online at http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm 


Submit a tip at https://tips.fbi.gov/. Although this site was set up primarily for terrorist-related information, it accepts information on any suspected criminal activity as listed above.


If you are located outside the U.S., then you can contact the nearest American Embassy or Consulate and speak with a Legal Attaché.  Go here for a list of Legal Attachés: http://www.fbi.gov/contact/legat/legat.htm


The Attaché will either direct you to the correct office or contact the FBI personally.  If you are unsure about contacting a U.S. representative on foreign soil, then you can call directly into the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC at (202)324-3000 or write to the following address:


Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001


You do not have to be a US citizen or resident to contact the FBI to report U.S.-based criminal activity.



You can file an online report at the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) site.  Be sure to read the instructions carefully, and have all your information ready before you fill you the form.  http://www.ic3.gov/