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Mar 11, 2016 09:45 AM

Director Meets with New Zealand Law Enforcement Leaders

FBI Director James B. Comey met this week with our partners in New Zealand to discuss a host of important issues regarding the safety and security of the citizens of both countries.

Director Meets with New Zealand Law Enforcement Leaders


FBI Director James B. Comey met this week with our partners in New Zealand to discuss a host of important issues regarding the safety and security of the citizens of both countries.

“The U.S.-New Zealand law enforcement partnership remains steadfast, and we welcome the opportunity to work together to share critical information that will safeguard our Americans and New Zealanders from global threats,” said a statement issued by the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in New Zealand.

Press release

Mar 10, 2016 04:00 PM

IRS Impersonation Scams on the Rise

This tax season, law enforcement agencies are seeing enhanced efforts by criminals to scam taxpayers out of their hard-earned money by impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury ...

IRS Impersonation Scams on the Rise

This tax season, law enforcement agencies are seeing enhanced efforts by criminals to scam taxpayers out of their hard-earned money by impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department employees during unsolicited telephone calls and robo-calls. These scammers are demanding cash payments for unpaid taxes via prepaid debit cards, money orders, or wire transfers from their banks. According to the IRS, the agency generally first contacts taxpayers by mail—not by phone—concerning owed taxes, and it will never ask for payments using a prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer.

If you think you have been the victim of an IRS impersonation scam, please file a report online with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration or call the agency at 1-800-366-4484.

Additional information on IRS impersonation scams

Mar 09, 2016 09:00 AM

FBI Marks Nine Years Since Disappearance of Retired Agent

Nine years ago, on March 9, 2007, Robert A. “Bob” Levinson went missing on Kish Island, Iran. Bob, who will turn 68 tomorrow, served his country for 28 years, including 22 years as a special agent of ...

FBI Marks Nine Years Since Disappearance of Retired Agent


It was nine years ago today that retired FBI Special Agent Robert A. “Bob”Levinson went missing on Kish Island in Iran. He is the longest held hostage in U.S. history.

Levinson was a special agent for 22 years before retiring in 1998. He turns 68 tomorrow, March 10.

In a statement released today, the FBI said it continues to work closely with the intelligence community and international partners to locate Levinson and bring him home.

“We are encouraged by recent cooperation between the Government of Iran and the United States, and believe that our ability to locate Bob and reunite him with his family requires a shared commitment by the Iranian government,” the statement said.

Last year, the FBI increased the reward to $5 million for information leading to Levinson’s return. A webpage, www.fbi.gov/levinson, includes photographs, video, and more detailed information about the case.

Director Comey today reiterated the FBI’s commitment to finding Levinson.

“Nine years is an incomprehensible amount of time for him to be missing without any word of his whereabouts,” said Comey. “The FBI family feels personally connected to ensuring Bob’s safe return and we are doing everything in our power to investigate all leads.”

- FBI Statement on the Ninth Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert A. Levinson
- Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
- More information

 

Mar 08, 2016 05:00 PM

Lottery Fraud

The Jamaican ringleader of a phone scam that targeted elderly victims in the U.S. was recently sentenced to prison, but the case serves as a reminder that the criminals behind these frauds are ...

Lottery Fraud

Telephone Near Stack of Money (Stock Image)


The telephone call came from out of the blue. The man on the line told the 83-year-old retired schoolteacher she had won a substantial lottery prize. All that was required to claim the windfall was to pay taxes and other fees.

Before it was over, the victim—a Virginia resident who had meticulously saved for her retirement—was out more than $500,000 in a scam that has become all too familiar among the elderly.

The criminals behind these lottery frauds and other telemarketing scams prey on senior citizens for a variety of reasons, according to Special Agent John Gardner, who investigated the woman’s case out of the FBI’s Washington Field Office and eventually helped put the Jamaican man who victimized her behind bars.

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Mar 04, 2016 05:30 PM

A Wartime Loss Found

Following an FBI investigation, a painting allegedly looted from Warsaw’s National Museum by Nazi soldiers during World War II was found in Ohio and returned to the Polish government.

A Wartime Loss Found

In July 2015, when Special Agent Paul Zukas began his first day on the job at the FBI legal attaché office in Warsaw, Poland, little did he know his initial case would involve helping the country’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage recover a treasured painting allegedly looted from Warsaw’s National Museum by Nazi soldiers during World War II.

Following the investigation, the painting—Krzysztof Lubieniecki’s Portrait of a Young Man, completed around 1728—was found in Ohio and returned to the Polish government last fall.

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Mar 01, 2016 05:00 PM

FBI Tip Line

Established in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the FBI tip line receives approximately 1,300 tips a day—about 100 of them “actionable”—related to possible criminal, cyber, terrorism, ...

FBI Tip Line

A tip—no matter how cryptic, innocuous, or far-fetched the information may seem—can help prevent violent acts. Tips to the FBI have led to captures of Top Ten fugitives and short-circuited scores of criminal and terrorist plots. Established in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the FBI Tip Line receives about 100 “actionable” tips every day related to possible criminal, cyber, terrorism, and espionage acts. Since its inception, the public has submitted more than four million tips via the Internet at tips.fbi.gov. In addition, phone calls to FBI field offices result in thousands of pieces of reporting a day.

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Mar 01, 2016 03:00 PM

Director Comey Discusses Investigative Challenges in Light of New Methods of Electronic Communication

FBI Director James Comey, appearing at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on encryption, briefed members on challenges to public safety and national security that have “eroded our ability to obtain ...

Director Comey Discusses Investigative Challenges in Light of New Methods of Electronic Communication

FBI Director James Comey, appearing at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on encryption, briefed members on challenges to public safety and national security that have “eroded our ability to obtain electronic information and evidence pursuant to a court order.”

In his prepared statement, Comey called strong encryption “a key tool to secure commerce and trade, safeguard private information, promote free expression and association, and strengthen cyber security” and said that the FBI supports and encourages secure networks to prevent cyber threats to national critical infrastructure, intellectual property, and private data. But he also explained that “the benefits of our increasingly digital lives have been accompanied by new dangers, and we have been forced to consider how criminals and terrorists might use advances in technology to their advantage.”

According to Comey, law enforcement is seeing more and more cases where it believes significant evidence can be found on a phone, tablet, or laptop, and that this evidence that may make the difference on whether the offender is convicted or acquitted. We must continue the current public debate about how best to ensure that privacy and security can co-exist and reinforce each other, and continue to consider all of the legitimate concerns at play, including ensuring that law enforcement can keep us safe,” said Comey.

Director Comey’s full statement for the record

Feb 29, 2016 01:00 PM

Open Beta Testing of eFOIPA System Announced

Today, after a previous open beta testing period that resulted in a number of enhancements, the FBI relaunched its eFOIA system—renamed eFOIPA because it now has the capability to accept Privacy Act ...

Open Beta Testing of eFOIPA System Announced

Today, after a previous open beta testing period that resulted in a number of enhancements, the FBI relaunched its eFOIA system—renamed eFOIPA because it now has the capability to accept Privacy Act (PA) requests as well as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. This second open beta test, which will evaluate the workflow and operational efficiency of the new system, will remain up and running for approximately four months before being closed for review, analysis, and possible additional enhancements.

Among the changes to the system include the above-referenced capability to accept Privacy Act requests; however, any responses to PA requests will still be mailed to the physical address listed in the request. Anyone making a FOIA request will still, once the request is processed, be able to immediately view and download requested materials from a website.

Also, a photo ID is not required when submitting a request during this second open beta testing of the system.

The Bureau’s eFOIPA system, while enhancing government transparency, allows the public to make online requests for records in a medium that is more familiar to an ever-increasing segment of the population.

Make an eFOIPA request

Feb 26, 2016 05:00 PM

Putting the Brakes on Crime

A woman who served as a ringleader and getaway driver for a string of robberies involving multiple banks and commercial establishments in Las Vegas and nearby Henderson, Nevada was sentenced to 121 ...

Putting the Brakes on Crime

Sesley Williams was a ringleader and getaway driver for a string of robberies involving multiple banks and commercial establishments in Las Vegas and nearby Henderson, Nevada. Today she’s in a federal prison after being sentenced last month to a 121-year term.

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Feb 25, 2016 03:00 PM

Director Comey Briefs Congressional Subcommittee on Key Threats and Challenges

FBI Director James Comey, appearing today before the House Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, provided members an overview of the FBI’s fiscal ...

Director Comey Briefs Congressional Subcommittee on Key Threats and Challenges

FBI Director James Comey, appearing today before the House Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, provided members an overview of the FBI’s fiscal year 2017 budget request and explained how the requested resources are critical to the Bureau’s ability to address existing and emerging national security and criminal threats.

Some of those threats, according to the Director’s statement, are terrorism—in particular, the threats posed by foreign fighters, including those recruited from the U.S., traveling to join ISIL—and homegrown violent extremists; foreign intelligence and espionage activities, especially the growing problem of the insider threat; the most dangerous and malicious cyber threats from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, organized cyber syndicates, and terrorists; and serious criminal threats such as public corruption, Internet-facilitated sexual exploitation of children, violent gangs, corporate fraud, and international criminal enterprises.

Comey also said that resources are needed to close gaps in operational capabilities, including enhancements to cyber investigative capabilities, the mitigation of threats from foreign intelligence services and insiders, investments related to the Going Dark initiative, improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and operation and maintenance costs of the new Biometrics Technology Center.

Earlier in the day, Comey joined Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other U.S. Intelligence Community leaders at the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence’s hearing on worldwide threats.