By Andy O'Donnell. Security Expert
Andy is a well-respected senior security engineer and analyst who has focused the last 13 years of his life developing, managing, auditing, and securing systems for various Department of Defense, Federal, State, and Commercial customers. He has attained several security certifications including:
- CISSP (Certified Information Security Professional)
- CISSP-ISSEP (Information Systems Security Engineering Professional)
- CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control)
- CSSLP (Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional)
Question: How do I Report Internet Scams / Fraud?
Have you become a victim of an internet scam or fraud? Should you report it? The answer is yes. There are organizations out there that want to help you. Just because a crime is perpetrated via the net doesn't make it any less of a crime.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center is a partnership between the US Federal Bureau of Investigations and the National White Collar Crime Center.
The ICCC is a good place to report more serious crimes involving: online extortion, identity theft. Computer Intrusion (hacking), Economic Espionage (Theft of Trade Secrets), and other major cyber crimes. If you don't feel the crime committed against you falls into these categories,
but you still feel the crime is serious enough to report, then you can still report it to the ICCC. If it doesn't fall under one of their categories, they might be able to direct you to an agency that does handles it.
The Online Better Business Bureau of the US and Canada has a site for consumers that will aid you in making complaints against internet-based retailers and other businesses. You can also search their database to see if a merchant has other complaints against them and whether they have been resolved or not.
The USA.gov's Internet Fraud Information page is a jumping off point for the reporting of crimes including phishing attacks, Internet investment fraud, consumer complains regarding internet marketing, scam e-mails, and much more.
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The site will link you to the appropriate agency's who handles crime reporting for each specific type of crime.
The eBay Security Center: General Marketplace Safety site can assist you with reporting auction related fraud / and scams to the proper authorities and also provides a way for law enforcement to find out if someone is trying to auction merchandise stolen from you if you have been the victim of a property theft.