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Online Tips to the FBI


Mollie Halpern: If you know of or suspect criminal behavior, the FBI wants to hear from you. One way to submit tips is through the FBI’s webpage—tips.fbi.gov—which is also accessible on smartphones.

Jane Rhodes-Wolfe: There they can provide information on terrorism matters, but also on different criminal matters, cyber, child exploitation, any of the different criminal violations that we investigate.

Halpern: That was Section Chief Jane Rhodes-Wolfe of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, who says each tip is reviewed within one minute from the time it’s received. A team of special agents and analysts monitor the tips around the clock.

Rhodes-Wolfe: It’s very important that they provide as much detail as they can for us to be able to make an assessment. Put it into context for us.

Halpern: Tips may be reported anonymously.

Rhodes-Wolfe: We know that these are hard items to report to us, but you really have the potential to save someone—to save someone from potentially causing harm to others or causing harm to themselves.

Halpern: The tips.fbi.gov webpage was set up in direct response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. Since then, the FBI has received more than 4 million tips. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.


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