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What We Investigate

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Spies. Terrorists. Hackers. Pedophiles. Mobsters. Gang leaders and serial killers. We investigate them all, and many more besides.

The very heart of FBI operations lies in our investigations—which serve, as our mission states, “to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United States.” We currently have jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal law, and you can find the major ones below, grouped within our three national security priorities and our five criminal priorities. Also visit our Intelligence program site, which underpins and informs all our investigative programs.

National Security Priorities Criminal Priorities

1. Terrorism
- International Terrorism
- Domestic Terrorism
- Weapons of Mass Destruction

2. Counterintelligence
- Counterespionage
- Counterproliferation
- Economic Espionage

3. Cyber Crime
- Computer Intrusions 
- Internet Fraud
- Identity Theft

4. Public Corruption
- Government Fraud
- Election Fraud
- Foreign Corrupt Practices

5. Civil Rights
- Hate Crime
- Human Trafficking
- Color of Law
- Freedom of Access to Clinics

6. Organized Crime
- Italian Mafia/LCN
- Eurasian
- Balkan
- Middle Eastern
- Asian
- African
- Sports Bribery

7. White-Collar Crime
- Antitrust
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Corporate Fraud
Financial Institution Fraud & Failures
- Health Care Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Mass Marketing Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Mortgage Fraud
- Piracy/Intellectual Property Theft
Securities and Commodities Fraud
- More White-Collar Frauds

8. Violent Crime and Major Thefts

- Art Theft
- Bank Robbery
- Cargo Theft
- Gangs
- Indian Country Crime
- Jewelry and Gem Theft 

- Online Predators
- Retail Theft
- Vehicle Theft
- Violent Crimes Against Children
- More