Internet Crime Complaint Center Impersonation Campaign

The FBI has released an alert warning citizens of a scam campaign impersonating the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a website operated by the FBI Cyber Division that allows individuals to submit cybercrime-related tips and information. The agency became aware of the campaign after receiving a number of complaints from victims who received emails masquerading as legitimate IC3 communications. These emails claimed that recipients were due restitution as a result of having been a victim of cybercrime and offered to pay them in exchange for additional personal information. The FBI has also identified at least one fraudulent IC3 social media page that may be associated with this campaign. The NJCCIC recommends reviewing FBI Alert I-020118-PSA and maintaining awareness of this and similar scams. To submit a tip or complaint to the IC3, we recommend visiting the FBI’s IC3 website directly at www.ic3.gov and refrain from submitting personal information via email or social media platforms.