The Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force (NC3TF) was formed in June of 2000 after the State’s District Attorneys, top law enforcement personnel, and representatives of the high technology industry recognized the need for a unit of specially trained investigators to combat the growing problem of high technology crime and identity theft. The Marin County District Attorney's Office is the fiduciary agency for NC3TF.
The NC3TF is one of five High Tech task forces in California. The NC3TF is staffed by investigators from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who have received specialized training in the investigation of high technology crime and identity theft investigations. The NC3TF provides services to the Northern San Francisco Bay Area counties of Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Lake and Mendocino.
The NC3TF provides investigative support and computer forensic assistance to law enforcement agencies within our jurisdictional area.
The NC3TF was created for the purpose of conducting multi-jurisdictional investigations; tracking and disrupting the illicit commerce of stolen goods; and investigating and prosecuting suspects engaged in white collar crime, organized crime, and fraud against the government. NC3TF provides the following services to members of associated agencies and the high technology industry:
- Investigation of High Technology Crimes, such as:
- Internet crimes;
- Identity theft committed by means of electronic or computer related media;
- ATM and credit card fraud committed by means of electronic or computer related media;
- Unlawful access of private/corporate/government computers and networks;
- Theft or resale of stolen of stolen computers, components, and/or high tech equipment.
- Theft of cable and cellular phone services; and,
- Counterfeiting of computer hardware and/or software.