To report a crime in progress please call 911 

If you have been the victim of a cyber crime there are several things you can do.

If the crime involves a minor (child under the age of 18 years old) including but not limited to solicitation of a minor, child pornography or similar, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.

If you are a resident of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, please contact the police department dispatch center (847.872.2131) as soon as possible to report the crime. You may need to come to the police station, or an officer may be sent to you depending on the circumstances. If you reside in another jurisdiction you will need to contact your local law enforcement agency.

In order to properly investigate the crime, we need as much accurate information from you as possible including, but not limited to:

We will also need to gather evidence to substantiate the crime and to aid in the investigation. We cannot fully investigate a cyber crime based on your word only:

Once all of the information has been gathered we will begin an investigation that will entail reviewing the details as provided and any evidence obtained. Investigations of cyber crimes can be lengthy in time due to the nature of the crime and the various elements involved:

Throughout the course of the investigation you will be kept up to date by our investigators, along with any outcome of the investigation.

Internet Complaint Center (IC3)

Definition courtesy of the Internet Crime Compaints CenterIf you have been the victim of an Internet Crime and you have not filed a complaint with the Internet Complaint Center, you will probably be advised to do so by our investigators.

Please note: You do not have to be referred by the police department to file a complaint with IC3, you can file one on your own accord and it is highly recommended.

The IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) that serves as a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.

You can file a complaint directly with the IC3 by clicking here



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