The internet has opened our world. Unfortunately, it has also created several new ways for criminals to get your money. Internet crime schemes steal millions of dollars each year from victims. Roseville Police want you to know that if you believe you have been a victim of an internet crime, report your complaint to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). IC3 accepts internet related criminal complaints and refers criminal complaints to the appropriate federal, state, local, or international law enforcement and regulatory agencies for investigation.
Preventing Internet Crime
Roseville Police encourage you to take steps to prevent becoming a victim of one of these schemes if you are planning to do business on the internet:
Be suspicious when payment is requested by money transfer before goods will be delivered.
Be wary of businesses that operate from P.O. boxes or mail drops.
Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the email to verify if the email is genuine.
Contact the Better Business Bureau to determine the legitimacy of a company.
Don't assume a company is legitimate based on the "appearance" of a website.
Do not give out your social security number to complete a transaction.
Do not provide credit card information if requested through unsolicited phone calls or emails.
Do not reply to emails asking for personal banking or credit card information.
Do not respond to lotteries that charge a fee to take delivery of your prize. Legitimate lotteries do not charge a fee to receive a prize.
Ensure you understand all terms and conditions of any agreement before agreeing to a purchase.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Ignore request to assist in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts.
Immediately report unauthorized transactions to your bank or credit card company.
Promptly reconcile credit card and bank statements and be on the lookout for unauthorized charges.
Additional preventive tips are available on the IC3 website.