According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):
"Internet fraud is defined as any fraudulent scheme in which one or more components of the Internet, such as Web sites, chat rooms and E-mail, play a significant role in offering nonexistent goods or services to consumers, communicating false or fraudulent representations about the schemes to consumers, or transmitting victims' funds, access devices or other items of value to the control of the scheme's perpetrators."
(Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Web site, "About the Internet Fraud Complaint Center," accessed 07/29/03.)
The FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) have developed a partnership called the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) to address fraud committed over the Internet. Victims are encouraged to use the IC3 complaint form. In turn, the IC3 sends the information to the proper authorities.
- If Stockton citizens prefer to file a regular police report with the Stockton Police Department, they are also welcome to do so by contacting the Stockton Police Department Telecommunications Command Center through the Stockton Police General Business number.
A link to the National White Collar Crime Center web site is provided under External Links below.
This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011