Where Do I Report Online Scams?

There’s nothing worse than getting scammed on the internet. If you’ve been a victim, one of the first things you should do is to report the online scammer to the authorities. However, it’s hard to know just whom “the authorities” are when it comes to online scams. Also, shouldn’t you report the scam to consumer resources companies as well?

All your questions and more answered below…

What to Do When You Get Scammed

Keep detailed records of everything (emails, phone calls, live chats, etc.). Print out everything you have to protect yourself against data loss.
If you suspect that your financial information may be at risk (and it probably is), notify your bank and credit card company. Also, you’ll want to make sure to keep a watchful eye on your credit score over the next year.

If your personal online information has been compromised, change usernames and passwords. This will prevent the scammer from taking hold of your identity.
Notify governmental/legal institutions in your own country and in the scammer’s country.
Notify consumer resources companies and websites.

Government/Legal Institutions

Consumer Sentinel Network
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Federal Trade Commission
Federal Trade Commission: On Guard Online
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Don’t forget about your local (county and state) resources.

Consumer Resource Groups

Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Also, don’t forget to file a complaint here on Complaints List.

Additional Resources

International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network
National Fraud Information Center

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