According to the Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina, one option is to file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.
The unit — which goes by the acronym IC3 — has a website — www.ic3.gov — where you can file complaints online. You can also check its “Press Room” section for “intelligence notes” with helpful hints. (For example, here’s a note about “secret shopper” scams: http://www.ic3.gov/media/2010/100120.aspx.)
Another resource is the Internet Fraud and Safety Page at the Federal Trade Commission’s website: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/tech/privacy.shtm.
To file a complaint at the FTC’s website, go to: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=en,
Here’s the FTC’s page on spam e-mail: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec02.shtm
Not sure if it’s scam? One place to check is the “Inboxer Rebellion” page at the Urban Legends Reference Pages: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/inboxer.asp.
This section covers Internet and email hoaxes, scams and ordinary false rumors.
You should also check out the site’s “Top Scams” page: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp.
(Hint: Sorry, you probably didn’t win the Irish sweepstakes. Don’t respond. And beware of Nigerian widows, no matter how sad their stories.)
Date posted: July 28, 2010
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