Reporting A Computer Crime
If you believe that you are the victim of a computer crime, the first steps you take can be the most critical.
What to do immediately if you find a problem
Secure your system as soon as possible to prevent future intrusions. Assess the nature and the severity of the problem. If you suspect that your system has been the victim of tampering or intrusion, you should report your findings to your local law enforcement agency. Local agencies respond to complaints from citizens within their own jurisdiction and are the first point of contact you should make.
Florida law enforcement agencies
Agencies outside of Florida
Contact your local law enforcement agency first
They can offer the best immediate response to your complaints, as well as point you to other useful resources if necessary.
What law enforcement will need to know if you report a problem
Tell law enforcement everything you know about your particular incident, including any IP address information you have received, as well as any evidence that you have gathered.
In response to the concern for missing children in Florida, the 1982 Florida Legislature appropriated funds to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the establishment of the first state Missing Children Information Clearinghouse (MCIC) in the nation. The program provides liaison among citizens, private organizations and law enforcement officials regarding missing children information.
For information about the Florida Amber Plan,
please visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's
Missing Children Information Clearinghouse.
When to restrict access
Always restrict and regulate who has access to your computer network. Especially for a small business owner, restricting access to your computer network will drastically decrease your chances of an intrusion. Make sure your employees use a login and password. Have your employees change their password frequently. Passwords should be alphanumeric. Make sure to track users who log on to each terminal.
If you have been the victim of an Internet Fraud
If you have been a victim of an Internet fraud, you should contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), formerly Internet Fraud Complaint Center. You may file a complaint with the IC3 online at this link.
Filing a report concerning identity theft, spam, or other fraud-related complaints
Use this form to submit a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection about a particular company or organization. While the FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems, your complaint helps them investigate fraud, and can lead to law enforcement action.
Florida Sunshine Laws and public records
If you report to a law enforcement agency that you have been the victim of a suspected computer intrusion or fraud scheme, the agency may open a criminal case. While the case is under investigation, the case file and all material relating to it are exempt from public record. However, once that case is closed, most of the materials contained within it will become public record.
Click here to learn more about the Sunshine Laws.