Many of us become happened victims of Internet-based scams and fraud struggles, but all too often, we don't end up reporting anything because we are both embarrassed of us for becoming dropped for a scam or we just believe that there is just so much of it going on in the world that we figure it's powerless to try and do anything about it.
You can and should record fraud and scams because if you don't do something, criminals will just keep doing the same thing over and over again to other victims. It's time to fight back!
Where to Report Online Frauds?
Have you grown 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 committed via the web doesn't make it any less of a crime.
Let's look at some sources you can use to report internet-based crimes and fraud:
Internet Fraud / Scam Reporting Resources
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 corruption, identity theft, Computer Intrusion (hacking), Economic Espionage (Theft of Trade Secrets), and other major cyber crimes.
If you don't feel the crime charged 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 handle 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 protests about internet marketing, scam e-mails, and much more. The site will link you to the relevant agency's who controls crime reporting for each specific type of crime.
Craigslist also has a page committed to fraud prevention as well as information on how to report if you've been defrauded by someone on Craigslist. Check out their Avoiding Scams page for more information.
The eBay Security Center: General Marketplace Safety site can help you with reporting sale related fraud / and scams to the proper officials and also gives away for law obligation to find out if someone is trying to auctioneer commodity stolen from you if you have been the victim of a property theft.
The Facebook's Security site will allow you to report statement hacks, fraud, spam, scams, rogue applications and other Facebook-borne threats.