Online Fraud Resource Center
We hope that by educating people about fraud, we can
make Cyberspace a safer place to do business.
Do not wire transfer money to
people you don't know, including people you "met" on an auction site or someone
who "hires" you from overseas. See Western Union's Web site FAQs about Consumer
"What to Do If You Are Ripped Off Online"
1) File a complaint with eBay.
2) File a complaint with the FTC
3) File a complaint with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center http://www.ic3.gov/
4) Contact law-enforcement officials at the local and state level (your local and
state police departments)
5) Also contact law-enforcement officials in the perpetrator's town & state
6) File a complaint with the shipper USPS http://www.usps.com/websites/depart/inspect
7) File a complaint with the National Fraud Information Center http://www.fraud.org/info/contactnfic.htm
8) File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org
Auction Fraud Resources
National Fraud Information Center
Escrow Fraud Tips
Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering the Spammers, Swindlers, and Stalkers Who Are
Targeting You Online"
Book by J.A. Hitchcock, edited by Loraine Page
2002 CyberAge Books (Information Today Inc.)
Identity Theft Resources
Mari Frank's Site on Identity Theft (for-profit site)
Identity Theft Resource Center
Hoax Emails/Phishing Scams
AuctionBytes Article "Auction Users: Beware Hoax Emails"
IRS Fraud Resources
Anti-Phishing Working Group
Associated Press Article
EcommerceBytes Fraud Forum