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The FBI is the federal investigative service of the United States tasked to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United States. You can contact the FBI online or via phone 24/7 to report a crime. In addition, there are special hotlines for specific types of crime, as well as divisions of the FBI that you can contact to obtain records and information, to apply for a job, or to ask about business opportunities.


Method 1Method 1 of 4:Contacting the FBI

1Know when to contact the FBI. As a federal investigative and intelligence agency, the FBI has the authority and responsibility to respond to a range of federal crimes, cyber crimes, and national security threats. Contact the FBI any time to give information on the following crimes:

  • Possible acts of terrorism or activities related to terrorism
  • People sympathetic to terrorists
  • Suspicious activities that could be a threat to national security, especially if foreign parties are involved
  • Computer crimes, especially those related to national security
  • Corrupt government activities at the local, state, or federal level, or in law enforcement
  • Race-related and hate crimes
  • Human trafficking
  • Civil rights crimes
  • Organized crime activities
  • Financial crimes involving fraud (corporate fraud, mortgage fraud, investment fraud, etc.)
  • Health care industry fraud
  • People who have committed or are planning to commit crimes including bank robbery, kidnapping, extortion, valuable art theft, large interstate shipment theft, and monetary instrument theft
  • Violent gang activity

2Use the online tip form. Information submitted via the "FBI Tips and Public Leads" form will be reviewed as soon as possible by an FBI agent or professional staff member.

  • Note that you may not get a reply to your submission due to the large volume of submissions the FBI receives.
  • Provide as much detail as possible when filling out the form.

3Contact your nearest FBI office. The FBI has 56 field offices in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, as well as dozens more offices attached to U.S. embassies around the world. You can contact your nearest office with information on possible criminal activity. If you want to email the FBI, you will need to contact a field office, as the FBI has no central email address.

  • Look up the address, phone number, and email of the nearest U.S. field office here.
  • Find the phone number of the closest international office here.

4Call or write to the FBI headquarters. Though it is more efficient to submit a tip form or contact a local office, you can also call the FBI headquarters with a tip or complaint about criminal activity. The phone number is 202-324-3000, and the address is:

  • FBI Headquarters
  • 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

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Method 2Method 2 of 4:Reporting Specific Crimes or Suspicious Activities

1Call the Major Case Contact Center (MC3) with information on ongoing cases. If you don't know what number to call to report a crime, then try the MC3 at 1-800-225-5324 (1-800-CALLFBI). Also use this number to respond to local or national request for information put out by the FBI.[1] X Research source Go to source

2Report a missing child or child exploitation as soon as possible. The FBI Child Exploitation Task Force works with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to investigate missing or sexually exploited children. If your child is missing, a child you know goes missing, or you suspect a child of being sexually exploited, you should contact the FBI immediately at any time of day.[2] X Research source Go to source

  • Call 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST).
  • Use the cyber tip line.
  • Contact the Child Exploitation Task Force officer at your local FBI field office.
  • Contact the State Department if your child has been abducted and taken out of or into the United States by the other parent.
  • From the U.S. and Canada call 1-888-407-4747.
  • From abroad call 1-202-501-4444.
  • If you need to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, but the need is not an emergency, you can call 703-224-2150 or use their online contact form.

3Provide information on possible human trafficking by phone, online, or at a local field office. Both the illegal smuggling of people across boarders and the holding of people as virtual slaves forced to work in prostitution or in grueling conditions are investigated by the FBI and the Human Smuggling Trafficking Center. If you know of human trafficking or are a victim of it:

  • Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.
  • Contact your local FBI field office.
  • Submit an online tip.

4File a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). Internet crime primarily refers to hacking, online scams and e-mail hoaxes, including advance-fee schemes, non-delivery of goods or services, and business opportunity schemes. You can file a complaint so long as one of the two parties (victim or person that defrauded him or her) is located in the United States. File your complaint at the IC3 site. You will be asked to include:[3] X Trustworthy Source Internet Crime Complaint Center Online reporting system for individuals to inform the FBI about Internet-related criminal activity Go to source

  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your telephone number
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the person or business that defrauded you
  • Website and email address of the person or business that defrauded you
  • Details on how you were defrauded

5Report suspicious activity involving chemical, biological, or radiological materials by calling 855-835-5324 (855-TELL-FBI).[4] X Research source Go to source  You might be being targeted for attack or the theft/purchase of raw materials if:[5] X Research source Go to source

  • You are getting calls asking about your use of security guards, operating hours, or your total number of employees.
  • You have received recent bomb threats.
  • People are asking about your products but cannot explain what they will use them for.
  • Potential customers are willing to pay cash for large orders.
  • Potential customers are unaware of safe handling procedures.
  • Customers want delivery to a suspicious location.

6Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF). The NCDF was set up in the wake of hurricane Katrina to combat fraudulent claims relating to the billions of dollars in federal aid distributed in the wake of the disaster. Since then, the center has investigated fraudulent claims linked to the BP oil spill, hurricane Sandy, and other disasters. If you suspect or have evidence of fraud, waste, and/or abuse related to local, state, or federal disaster relief, this is the section of the FBI you need to get in touch with.

  • Call: 1-866-720-5721
  • E-mail:
  • Write: National Center for Disaster Fraud, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4909

7Use the corporate fraud hotline to report corporate corruption. If you suspect fraud at your company, you can use this hotline, established in 2003 in the wake of the Enron investigation. The number is 1-888-622-0117.[6] X Research source Go to source  Corporate fraud investigated by the FBI includes:

  • Falsification of financial information, including false entries, fraudulent trades to inflate profits or hide losses, and transaction designed to evade oversight
  • Self-dealing by corporate insiders, including insider trading, kickbacks, misuse of corporate property for private gain, and tax violations
  • Obstruction of justice designed to conceal the above crimes

8Report public corruption with one of the local corruption hotlines found here. The FBI investigates corruption at all levels of government from local to state to federal and across all three branches.[7] X Research source Go to source  Bribery is the most common form of corruption, but the FBI also frequently investigates extortion, embezzlement, racketeering, kickbacks, and money laundering, along with wire, mail, bank, and tax fraud.[8] X Research source Go to source  Current areas of focus are corruption along the borders, corruption related to natural disaster relief funds, and election crimes involving campaign finance, voter/ballot fraud, or civil rights violations..

Method 3Method 3 of 4:Contacting the FBI to Request Information or Records

1Get a copy of your Identity History Summary (rap sheet). If you have been fingerprinted in connection with an arrest, or for federal or military service, the FBI is sent a record of the fingerprints and the information associated with them. Individuals may request this information  or ask for certification that they have no Identity History Summary  for personal review, to challenge the information, to satisfy adoption requirements, or to satisfy requirements to move to a foreign country. Only you can request a copy of your own rap sheet.[9] X Research source Go to source

  • To submit your request directly to the FBI:[10] X Research source Go to source
  • Fill out an Applicant Information Form.
  • Obtain a set of fingerprints on a standard fingerprint form.
  • Include payment by credit card, money order, or certified check.
  • Mail all of the above to: FBI CJIS Division  Summary Request, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306.
  • To submit your request through an FBI-approved Channeler (a private business the FBI contracts to collect and pass on your application information):
  • Contact an FBI-approved Channeler to schedule an appointment.
  • You can usually fill out the Applicant Information Form, have your fingerprints taken, and pay at the Channeler facility. Be sure to discuss the exact procedure when you call the Channeler.

2Request records about yourself. The FBI may have a file on you beyond the Identity History Summary sheet associated with fingerprints. To obtain this file:

  • Use the U.S. Department of Justice Certificate of Identity Form DOJ-361.
  • Or write your own letter, sign it, and have it notarized or state "Under penalty of perjury, I hereby declare that I am the person named above and I understand that any falsification of this statement is punishable under the provisions of Title 18, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 1001 by a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment of not more than five years, or both; and that requesting or obtaining any record(s) under false pretenses is punishable under the provisions of Title 5, U. S. C., Section 552a(i)(3) as a misdemeanor and by a fine of not more than $5,000."
  • Send your request by email to .
  • By fax to 540-868-4391/4997.
  • By mail to: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Attn: FOI/PA Request, Record/Information Dissemination Section, 170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843

3Request records about someone else. You can review records in the FBI's electronic reading room, but if you want records sent to your home, or if you need to request unreleased records, you will need to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The records, if available, will be sent to you on CD. To find out additional information about requesting records, email the FBI at .[11] X Research source Go to source

  • Use the sample FOIA request letter, or write your own letter, including:
  • Your complete name and address.
  • Identifying information to locate what you are looking for, such as the subject's name, aliases, date and place of birth, social security number, and former addresses.
  • A full description of any particular incident you are interested in.
  • If you are requesting information about a living person, you will need evidence of their written consent. Use the U.S. Department of Justice Certificate of Identity Form DOJ-361 and complete the section titled Authorization to Release Information to Another Person.
  • If you are requesting information about a deceased person, you must provide proof of death, such as an obituary, death certificate, a recognized media source, a date of birth over 100 years ago, or a Social Security Death Index page.
  • State how much you are willing to pay in duplication fees.
  • Send your request by email to .
  • By fax to 540-868-4391/4997.
  • By mail to: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Attn: FOI/PA Request, Record/Information Dissemination Section, 170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843

4Call the national press office if you are a member of the news media seeking information. For questions regarding cases, personnel changes, policies, or other matters, you can contact the press office by calling 202-324-3000/3691.[12] X Research source Go to source

Method 4Method 4 of 4:Requesting Information about Jobs, Business Opportunities, and Partnerships

1Contact the FBI about possible job openings. You can learn more about jobs online at the FBI jobs site, by attending a recruiting event, or by contacting the nearest field office. Jobs are applied for online.

2Find out about business opportunities. The Finance Division is responsible for the procurement needs of the FBI. They hold monthly vendor outreach in Washington, D.C., which you can register for by calling 1-800-345-3712. You can also contact the Small Business Program Office of the FBI directly.

  • By mail: Mr. L.G. Chuck Mabry, Small Business Specialist Acquisition Strategy and Planning Unit, Room 6863, 935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20535
  • By phone: 202-324-0263
  • By email:

3Find out about law enforcement partnerships. If you are part of a different law enforcement agency or organization and need to partner with the FBI, you should contact the FBI's Office of Partner Engagement.[13] X Research source Go to source

  • By mail: Assistant Director Kerry Sleeper, Office of Partner Engagement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20535

Community Q&A

  • Question I have received an email from the FBI office stating I have won a lottery and that I must pay the fee of $410 for transfer of winnings. Is this a fake email?

Community Answer Yes, that is a fake email. The FBI would never be involved with the lottery.

  • Question Can I go personally to local FBI office to report a crime?

Community Answer Yes, you can go to the FBI to report a crime.

  • Question I received an email about a job opportunity receiving packages from outside the USA to ship to other parties.  Should I contact the FBI?

Community Answer Definitely. You should send an e-mail or regular mail to any of the contact addresses outlined on their website, in the "submit a tip" section.

  • Question To whom do I report electronic harassment?

Community Answer Contact the police if it's bullying. If it's a threat of a DDoS attack or blackmail, contact your local FBI branch.

  • Question Can a person report a prison for some unethical practices?

Community Answer Yes, you absolutely can report them for unethical practices.

  • Question I just received a call on my cell from Russia with a voice mail left in Russian. The only indication was a 7 prefix but the # was local with a 352 prefix. Probably nothing, right?

Community Answer Make an attempt to translate it. It was probably a wrong number but you never know.

  • Question How do I report a threat to my life via online social media?

Community Answer Contact your local police and tell them the situation.  If the matter is out of their control, they will tell you who to contact next.

  • Question How do I email the director of the FBI?

Community Answer FBI headquarters does not have an email address; you can contact them via phone or mail.

  • Question I received a hangout conversation from a person from the FBI. The agent stated that he had an arrest warrant in his hand and will pick me up in 72 hours. He wanted money to stop it. What do I do?

Community Answer I'm pretty sure that no FBI agent would blackmail you. If I understand the question right, this is essentially blackmail, because he is threatening you into paying money, and if you don't he'll arrest you. I would contact the FBI headquarters to ask if there is a warrant out for you arrest.

  • Question Are the FBI on WhatsApp? I have groups I'd like them to check out.

R2_d2000 Top Answerer Take screenshots of the groups and send them to the FBI or take it to your local office. See more answers


  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1 or your local police. If the emergency incident also falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI, you should make a call to your local FBI office, as well, but the first call you make should be to local emergency services.

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  1. https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us
  2. https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/vc_majorthefts/cac
  3. https://www.ic3.gov/Home/FAQ
  4. https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us
  5. https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2007/april/wmd041107
  6. https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-director-robert-s.-mueller-today-announced-the-inception-of-its-corporate-fraud-hotline
  7. https://oig.justice.gov/reports/FBI/a0537/chapter10.htm
  8. https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2010/march/corruption_032610
  9. https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/identity-history-summary-checksMore References (4)
  10. https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks
  11. https://www.fbi.gov/foia
  12. https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-contacts/fbi-national-press-office
  13. https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/office-of-partner-engagement

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Before contacting the FBI, make sure that your inquiry falls under their jurisdiction, which includes terrorism, cyber security, civil rights, and organized or white-collar crime, and some other offenses. If you have a tip to give about a case or something youve seen, you can submit it using the online Tips and Public Leads form. To call the FBI about a case or suspicious activity, call the Major Case Contact Center at 1-800-225-5324. You can also contact a regional field office. There are 56 in the U.S. and many around the world. Using the FBIs website, find the one closest to you and whose jurisdiction youd fall under and contact it according to the given information. For other methods of contacting the FBI based on your reasons for contacting the Bureau, like specific criminal behavior or information requests, keep reading!In other languagesItaliano:Contattare l'FBI Español:comunicarte con el FBI Français:contacter le FBI Русский:связаться с ФБР Deutsch:Das FBI kontaktieren Bahasa Indonesia:Menghubungi FBI

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