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The mission of the Department of Defense Inspector General Hotline is to provide a confidential, reliable means to report violations of law, rule, or regulation; fraud, waste, and abuse; mismanagement; trafficking in persons; serious security incidents; or other criminal or administrative misconduct that involve DOD personnel and operations, without fear of reprisal.

Although you may contact the DOD Hotline at any time, a faster way to resolve your complaint is usually to first contact your local or command-level Inspector General's Office. Call the Inspector General Hotline at 800-424-9098. 

 


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If this is an emergency, call 911. To report criminal activity, contact your local police or sheriff's department first as they can best determine if a report of criminal activity needs attention. The USAGov website offers additional tips and resources for reporting local or state law violations as well as violations of Federal law.

You may also report suspected violations of Federal law to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Submit a tip at https://www.fbi.gov/tips or call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). 


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Scam avoidance education and resources

Military members, DOD civilians, Defense contractors, veterans, and their family members serve our country with integrity and honor. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who try to take advantage of that service to cheat them. You can best protect yourself against military scams by learning the warning signs of schemes that target members of the military community.

Military OneSource has a helpful article with tips on how to recognize the warning signs of the most common military scams.

The Military Consumer is a joint government initiative to empower active duty and retired service members, military families, veterans and civilians in the military community. These free resources can be the first line of defense against fraud and make better-informed decisions when managing your money.

The Federal Trade Commission offers information to the broader public about how to recognize and avoid common scams and fraud.

Victims of scams

If you or someone you know is a victim of a scam, there are a number of resources available about important actions to take and how to submit reports.

Military members may be able to get help from their command’s legal office.

The Federal Trade Commission has information on what to do if you were scammed.

The USA.gov website has information on how to submit reports about various types of scams.


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