Some people believe there is nothing that can be done about threats made on the Internet. They think that Internet crime, or Cybercrime, is something that cannot be monitored or tracked properly. But this isn’t true because there are many government agencies with the specific purpose of tracking and managing as well as preventing Internet crime.
Even knowing this, there are some people who don’t know what constitutes Internet crime. They think that minor things like threats or e-stalking should be ignored. While it’s true that there are some cases that are probably not that serious and can be handled by being ignored, Internet crime is still a serious problem and should be treated as such. If someone has threatened you, your family, your life or your well being, you don’t have to just ignore this or assume they don’t have intentions of actually doing it.
There are proper channels to report threats made on the Internet and you can find them at the end of this article. If you feel uncomfortable, afraid or threatened by something someone has said or done to you on the Internet, there are departments trained to investigate these types of activities.
Each website is full of information about what types of cases they investigate and what you should do if you feel you are a victim.
No one else can ever tell you whether or not a situation calls for reporting such as this as opinions will always vary. However, they do not punish people for reporting something that makes them afraid or uncomfortable.
It’s even a good idea to bookmark those websites. They also tell you what to do about email scams, phishing and other types of Cyber-crime.
Cybercrime.gov – Department of Justice
FBI Cybercrime Division