Many site owners and developers have experienced fraud attempts and Internet-based scams. Surprisingly, most of the victims do not report anything. Often, the victims are ashamed of having fallen into scams or even lose hope. In this regard, it is paramount to report online scams and fraud to prevent internet criminals from invading other sites or people. One must have a fighting spirit. Additionally, there are numerous organizations that are willing to help the victims. A crime perpetrated via the internet is also punishable.
Thus, how can an internet user, site owner or a developer report fraud or scams? What are some of the available scam/fraud reporting resources? Find out in this write-up provided by Andrew Dyhan, the Customer Success Manager of Semalt.
Online scam/fraud reporting resources
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (ICCC) is the first usable resource. This is a partnership between the National White Collar Crime Center and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations. According to internet experts, ICCC is among the best platforms for reporting more serious frauds that involve hacking (or computer intrusion), Theft of Trade Secrets (Economic Espionage), identity theft and other major Cyber Attacks. However, one can still report any other crime that does not fall into the said categories even if they feel the committed crime is minor. Moreover, if a crime does not fall under the ICCC categories, the organization can direct a victim to a relevant agency. Thus, ICCC is a platform that opens doors for all victims of online scams and frauds.
Secondly, the Online Better Business Bureau of the US and Canada provides a website for customers that aid scam victims in reporting complaints concerning online-based retailers and other fraudsters. Additionally, fraud victims can also search this organization's database to establish if a particular merchant has any other complaints filed against them. Also, complainants are encouraged to make a follow-up and determine if any complaints against an internet retailer has been resolved.
Thirdly, the United States Government Internet Fraud Information site is another avenue for filing internet crimes. The platform is best suited for complaints such as phishing attacks, scam emails, consumer complaints that concern internet marketing and internet investments frauds. The site also provides links to suitable agencies that handle scam reporting for a particular type of online crime.
Next, Craigslist has a page that is dedicated to scamming prevention in addition to providing information about reporting procedures in case one has been defrauded by Craigslist members. More information is available on Craigslist website on how to deal with scams anytime they arise.
The eBay Security Center is another platform for General Marketplace Safety. It assists hacking victims with reporting auction related scams and frauds to the relevant authorities. Moreover, eBay Security Center provides law enforcement for techniques to establish if a scammer is attempting to auction stolen merchandises. This feature is particularly important to the victims of property theft.
Finally, Facebook Security page allows a scam victim to report frauds, rogue applications, account hacks, spam or any other Facebook-related attacks. Do not shy away. Report fraudsters to prevent future harms.