REPORTING AN INCIDENT
Internet crime is a crime like any other and should
be reported to the proper local, state, or federal authorities. If your
child has been a victim of pornography, sexual predation, spam, Internet
fraud, or harassment, dont take matters into your own hands. Let
the proper agencies handle the situation.
Reporting Child Exploitation and Child Pornography
If, via the Internet or your online service:
- your child has been sexually solicited by someone
who knows that the child is under the age of 18
- your child has received sexually explicit images
from someone who knows the child is under the age of 18
- your child or anyone in the household has received
- your local law-enforcement agency
- CyberTipline at www.missingkids.com
(1-800-843-5678). The CyberTipline is run by the National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which has representatives
the FBI, the U.S. Customs Service (USCS), and the U.S. Postal Inspection
Service at its headquarters.
The FBI cautions that If one of these scenarios
occurs, keep the computer turned off in order to preserve any evidence
for future law-enforcement use. Unless directed to do so by the law-enforcement
agency, you should not attempt to copy any of the images and/or text
found on the computer.
Reporting Spam and Internet Fraud
Many Internet service providers (ISPs) allow you to report spam. There
are also anti-spamming sites that allow you to report unsolicited e-mail,
including the Coalition
Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (CAUCE). To report spam that
you suspect of fraudulence, contact the U.S.
Department of Justice. Other agencies that handle Internet fraud include:
Internet Fraud Complaint Center, the FBI,
and the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC).
If your child is being harassed online, such as with abusive, threatening,
or obscene e-mails or with use of his or her identity in inappropriate
newsgroups or mailing lists, contact your local law-enforcement agency