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fraud. The FBI and the national white collar crime center (NW3C) cosponsor the IFCC. This partnership is mutually beneficial for both entities in that it allows both agencies to share staffing8
Federal Bureau of Investigationresponsibilities and, by forwarding complaints to FBI field divisions, utilize the FBI's investigative resources to address this new techno crime. 2. The IFCC identifies current crime problems, and develops investigative techniques to address newly identified crime trends. The information obtained from the data collected is providing the foundation for the development of a national strategic plan to address Internet fraud. IFCC's mission is to develop a national strategic plan to address fraud over the Internet, and to provide support to law enforcement and regulatory agencies at all levels of government for fraud that occurs over the Internet.IFCC's purpose is the following: to develop a national strategy to address Internet fraud; to develop criminal Internet fraud cases and refer for criminal prosecutions companies and individuals responsible; to reduce the amount of economic loss by Internet fraud throughout the United States; to provide an analytical repository for Internet fraud complaints; to receive, analyze and refer all fraudulent activity identified on the Internet; to identify current crime trendsover the Internet; to develop investigative techniques to address those identified crime problems; to track fraud facilitated by the Internet and provide analytical support of Internet crime trends; to act as an investigative resource for Internet fraud; to develop training modules to investigate Internet fraud; to develop information packets from complaints generated and forward that information to the appropriate law.3. The FBI has also established an Internet fraud council working group consisting of federal andstate law enforcement agencies, international law enforcement agencies, federal and state enforcement agencies, and representatives of the private business sector. The group's purpose is to create a network to share information, discuss pertinent issues, recommend legislative 9
Federal Bureau of Investigationsolutions, and obtain the maximum benefit for all participating members. In effect, the IFCC operates as part of a cyber community watch in which the self- policing efforts of honest and vigilant Internet users and Internet service providers result in potential fraudulent activity over the Internet being brought to the attention of law enforcement through the IFCC. The IFCC does much more than just collect complaint information. It ensures that the information, along with additional investigative information developed by IFCC personnel, is disseminated to the appropriate agencies, and that identified fraud schemes can be prevented or mitigated. While other agencies have fraud databases that complement that of the IFCC, only the IFCC proactively provides such information to appropriate law enforcement agencies. The IFCC processes all complaints it receives regardless of the alleged dollar loss. Many of the complaints