How to submit a truly anonymous crime tip?
April 22, 2006 8:08 AM Subscribe
A friend confided in me that he has learned that a business acquaintance is doing some very illegal things (namely, soliciting children via the Internet for sex, and exchanging nude pictures with said minors). He wants to report what he's found out, but the problem is, the way he acquired the information is also highly illegal -- namely, email hacking.
posted by justonegirl to Law & Government (50 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
He's asked me for advice and I don't know what to tell him. Knowing this person is harming children is a tremendous weight on his shoulders (and now on mine too, after he told me). Also, this is not a new offense for the acquaintance in question -- he previously served time in federal prison for traveling interstate to meet a child for sex, though no one in his and my friend's industry knows this.
How can my friend go about anonymously reporting this information without repercussions? He knows that accessing this person's email was unethical and wrong. I don't think he wants to do it again. But right now his priority is to safely and anonymously notify the authorities of this person's activities. The main source he's found online, the NCMEC Cyber Tipline, is far from anonymous. Any other suggestions?