Government & Trusted Resources for Internet Fraud
Governments around the world are responding to the ever-growing threat of Internet fraud.
Work at home scams, e-mail phishing, fraudulent stock and security schemes, online
auction bait-and-switch, cash for gold and other types of Internet fraud are growing at an alarming rate.
In an effort to protect and educate consumers, governments are posting websites teaching
consumers how to recognize and report Internet fraud.
- http://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/email-scams.aspx: U.S. Government site on the top ten e-mail scams.
General Internet Fraud Information
- http://www.onguardonline.gov/default.aspx: OnGuard Online, a government online fraud site with articles of phishing, shopping, investment and overseas scams and tips on how to protect yourself against online crime.
- http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/money/internet-fraud/internet-fraud.htm: The United States SEC site on recognizing online fraud.
- http://www.cybercrime.gov/: United States Department of Justice Cybercrime website, which contains articles about the latest Internet scams.
- http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/internet/: U.S. Government website on Internet fraud.
- https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/radDocs/consumer/OnlineRisks.html: United States Postal Inspectorís website on online risks and safety tips.
- http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/: The Federal Trade Commissionís Guide to online identity theft.
International Online Fraud
- http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/693900: Australiaís Scam Watch.
- http://www.safecanada.ca/topic_e.asp?category=3: The Canadian government's site on Internet consumer fraud.
- http://travel.state.gov/pdf/international_financial_scams_brochure.pdf: The U.S. State Departmentís guide to international online scams like online dating, work permits and financial fraud.
Investment Fraud Information
- http://www.sec.gov/investor/online.shtml: The U. S. Securities and Exchange Commissionís page on detecting and avoiding investment scams.
Online Auction Scams
- http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro06.shtm: The U.S. Federal Trade Commissionís online auction fraud guide.
Work at Home Scams
- http://www.fbi.gov/page2/april09/workathome_041709.html:The Federal Bureau of Investigationís site on work at home and online business opportunity scams.
- http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/invest/inv14.shtm: The Federal Trade Commissionís site about various online work at home scams.
Where to File Internet Fraud Complaints in the United States
- http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx: IC3 is an Internet fraud complaint center run jointly by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The IC3 handles national and international Internet fraudcomplaints.
- http://www.treas.gov/usss/financial_crimes.shtml: The United States Secret Service handles consumer complaints regarding financial Internet scams such as bank phishing and frauds regarding government payments.
- http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm: The U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation will process complaints of local Internet fraud at their field offices.
- https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/: U. S. Federal Trade Commission consumer fraud complaint center. This center handles all types of Internet complaints including work at home scams.
- http://www.sec.gov/: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission handles scams that involve fake stocks and bonds, securities fraud and spam investment emails.
Where to File International Internet Fraud Complaints
- http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/694011: List of where to report online scam in Australia.
- http://www.cybertip.ca/app/en/: Canadian Association of Internet Providers.
- http://www.econsumer.gov/: E-Consumer is an Internet fraud reporting site that aids consumers in filing complaints in 21 foreign countries. A multilingual site.
- http://www.profeco.gob.mx/english.htm: Mexicoís Federal Attorney's Office of Consumer Protection.
- http://www.nafn.gov.uk/index.asp?BodyContent=ReportFraud: United Kingdom National Anti-Fraud Network.