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The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations.
To report a cyber crime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, go to: http://www.ic3.gov/
Hoaxes and Urban Legends
Urban legends can be thought of as modern-day folklore. These stories circulate throughout neighborhoods, workplaces and other gathering places. The legends seem to multiply and grow with each telling creating distorted, exaggerated and sensationalized stories. Email accounts can become plagued with spam mail falsely warning about frauds, child abductions and money requests. Urban legends aim to be believable and true so the message spreads.
Hoaxes are blatant and are created with the purpose of deceiving people. Hoaxes are perpetrated as a practical joke, to cause embarrassment, or to provoke social change by making people aware of something.
Ignoring hoaxes and urban legends can sometimes be difficult. Often stories can seem very real and emotional. To check the validity of a story please visit these sites: Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/) is a trusted, widely known resource for debunking urban legends and hoaxes. Another website to check information in Truth or Fiction (http://www.truthorfiction.com/)