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What do I have in common with Sarah Palin, the right-wing Republican former governor of Alaska? Not much, I am happy to report. Except one thing: We were both victims of the same serious crime. Lest any one think e-mail hacking is not serious, watch this YouTube video at left of FOX News legal analyst Megyn Kelly on the serious legal repercussions of this felonious crime. If your profile is not as high as Sarah Palin's, you might think there is nothing you can do, but there is something you should do: Report it to the FBI. Granted, I wasn't running for vice-president, so the Secret Service didn't get involved, but the FBI did, and they were terrific to me. If you have been victimized, harassed, or threatened online, it is important that you get help, advice and protection from authorities. it is also VERY important that a record exisits and is kept on file with authorities. The FBI's IC3 Crime Complaint Center is an associated site of the United States FBI, and they can help you. 'IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims
of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities
of suspected criminal or civil violations. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies
at the federal, state, local and international level, IC3 provides a central referral
mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.' -You can file a complaint online, and they will advise you on what further action you should take. In most cases, there is not a lot the authorities will do, unless you continue to be harassed or fraudulently obtained information is used to harm you, but it is very important that a record exists, in case further action is required. If you find youself in a situation like this, my best bit of advice is to save everything. You might be inclined to delete a harassing or threatening text message or e-mail, but don't: SAVE IT. IT IS EVIDENCE. I was lucky in that I always back up all my info, and never delete anything, so when a crime was committed against me, I had voice-mails, text messages, e-mails, and messages left on social networking sites of a threatening and harassing nature, and I provided all this to the authorities. Be prepared to spend a lot of time, and to be a squeaky hinge, but it is worth it to protect your interests. In my case, I had to travel to my nearest FBI Office, and spent several hours filling out a mountain of paperwork, including release forms for them to access all my accounts and contact all my service providers to obtain records. It was a bit of a hassle, but worth it, as now, the authorities have the names, home addresses, ISP's, IP numbers, on-line ID's, phone numbers, even photographs; all pertinent information about the people who victimized me, and there will be a permanent record on file with them.
This link for The FBI's IC3 Crime Complaint Center is specifically for Americans, but a bit of Googling should provide info on what to do if you are in another country.