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Federal Bureau of Investigation - The FBI
THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (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:
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;
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
You do not have to be a US citizen or resident to contact the FBI to report U.S.-based criminal activity.