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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 Fraud:

"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

"Net 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)

FTC Consumer Information on Identity Theft

Hoax Emails/Phishing Scams

AuctionBytes Article "Auction Users: Beware Hoax Emails"

IRS Fraud Resources

Anti-Phishing Working Group

Associated Press Article

EcommerceBytes Fraud Forum


Some EcommerceBytes Articles about Fraud

Online Auction Fraud: What You Should Know
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Part 3:

Online Escrow Fraud Hits eBay Members

eBay Auction Fraud Spawns Vigilantism Trend

"Hoax eMails Continue to Plague eBay Users":

eBay Fraud Update: 285 Victims Report Losing $60,000

Jobseekers: Beware New eBay Scam

About EcommerceBytes
EcommerceBytes has been helping online-auction buyers and sellers since 1999. Steiner Associates LLC, a privately held company in Natick, Massachusetts, was founded by David Steiner in 1988 as a video production company. In 1999, Steiner Associates LLC introduced ecommercebytes.com, the Buyers and Sellers Guide to Online Auctions. In 2011, AuctionBytes was renamed EcommerceBytes.
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