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In our experience, the solutions offered in this section have proven to be effective; however, we always recommend that you consult with an attorney.

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U.S. Federal Jurisdictions


This page: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 


The US Secret Service  

The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)  

The U.S. Attorney's Office  

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division (IRS-CID)  

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)


When and how to contact



The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):

In brief

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.

* See the Department of Justice Organizational Chart (opens in new window)


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, embezzlement, public corruption, environmental crimes, fraud against the government, health care fraud, election law violations, and telemarketing fraud.


When to contact the FBI:

When you have evidence or knowledge of:


> Bankruptcy Fraud > Money Laundering > Insurance Fraud
> Financial Institution Fraud > Telemarketing Fraud > Investment Fraud
> Health Care Fraud > Embezzling > Securities Fraud
> International Frauds > Fraud Against the Government > Terrorist activity


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:


NOTE: It is not a good idea to email the FBI if you need immediate assistance, and they do not encourage it.  If you do not wish to call, it is better to write to them at the address below.

  • Look in your telephone book for the phone number of the nearest office, or look online at for the nearest FBI Field Office.  Call and ask for an agent who can speak with you about

  • Submit a tip at  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 Attach?(a-ta-shay).  Go here for a list of Legal Attach?:

    The Attach?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


The Federal Bureau of Investigation is open to calls from non-US residents (citizen residents of foreign countries) who want to report U.S.-based criminal activity or crimes perpetrated by US citizens living abroad.


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. 


If you are calling in a tip that you suspect someone of a violation, before you call write down what you want to say or make some of notes so you remember everything you want to report.  There are few things more frustrating than remembering information you wanted to hand over after you've hung up the phone. 

If you are calling in with direct, personal knowledge and experience, as always, have your narrative and evidence package ready.



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The U.S. Attorney's Office   The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division (IRS-CID)  

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)



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