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Stop Internet Crime

If you are the victim of an Internet-based crime committed by criminals operating under a mask of Internet anonymity, read on! There is help!

I asked the folks at the U.S. government's Internet Crime Complaint Center if there was anything that could be done about the criminals who are stealing intellectual property from Sims artists and distributing it from their web site.

They said, yup, file a complaint with them:

The Internet Crime Complaint Center is a partnership between the United States government's Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center. Dealing with the type of crime is their charter. They have the full resources of the FBI available to them and work with law enforcement agencies at all levels around the world to bring Internet-based criminals to justice.

Based on the information on the IC3 web site, you do not have to be a US citizen for them to take action. As long as either the criminal or the victim is a US citizen, they want to know, and they can and will take action.

I strongly recommend that if your intellectual property has been stolen by a pepetrator based in the United States, you file a complaint with them. (Other nations might have similar agencies as well, but if either you or the perpetrator is operating in the US, you should file a complaint with the IC3.)

You are welcome and encouraged to pass this information along to anyone you know whose intellectal property might have been stolen by criminals.