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A few things you can do if you've been scammed.

If you have been scammed by an internet dating site, then the best thing you can do first is to contact your bank and stop any payments immediately, depending on what they have done, ie* repeat billing or charged you more than what was stated or paid. Some sites offer a lifetime membership but will revoke it after 6 months for instance, but theres many forms of these types of scams.

First try to find out the phone number or email on the dating website which is generally hidden in the privacy policy page or terms and conditions page and contact them directly to tell them your concerns although this can be difficult if they fail to respond or do not provide a contact number which is why you should contact your bank first and tell them it’s fraud, if you have payed via Paypal then it is easy to raise a refund request.

The second best thing you can do is name and shame them on this website and other websites, as this will let others know what you experienced and you can also share your knowledge with other fellow people, as you can bet other people have experienced the same problems as yourself.

Some useful sites to report actual scams include:

*** Your local police station. They may also advise you what to do and where to report further.

If your in the UK, please contact this police website which covers everything fraud related. Action Fraud / dating section They have a massive A-Z list of types of online and offline fraud information and advice of what steps to take next

Internet Fraud Complaint Center which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center which addresses fraud committed over the Internet by providing an easy to use way of alerting the authorities. Visit: https://www.ic3.gov/

Victim-Assistance Online is a non-profit organization serving the international community.   The main purpose is to act as an on-line reference and communications resource   for: victim assistance service and support organizations; the staff and volunteers   of these organizations; professionals in related fields and the general public. Visit: http://www.vaonline.org/

*** Nigerian scams you can also report to a special organization created
in Nigeria to fight 419 and other financial cybercrime, EFCC: The Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission. Visit: http://www.efccnigeria.org

*** Russian scams you can (and should!) report to the following 2
places:

1) FSB, aka FSS (Federal Security Service). This organization is similar to FBI in Russia. http://www.fsb.ru/contact/contact.html

Please note, this website is in Russian. You can use online translator, for example http://freetranslation.paralink.com/ to translate the page (recommended). The e-mail you can use is fsb@fsb.ru.

2) Another place to report Russian scammers is MVD of
Russia, aka MOI (Ministry of the Interior of Russia). This is like the
headquarters of Russian Police:
http://eng.mvdrf.ru/

Send your message through “Public Reception” center. They have a special so-called department “K” dedicated to fight cybercrime.

Remember, your report to above 2 places should be brief, clear, documentary proven and straight to the point. From that depends if they will consider it. It should contain your full name and contact information. ALWAYS include the open e-mail headers of scammer’s letters! This is the only way they can trace where the e-mails originate from and possibly catch the scammers. If you don’t know how to do it, LEARN before you send your report.

Report to Western Union, to MoneyGram. They maintain their own blacklists and this info is important. You can also send report to the scammer’s embassy in your country, your embassy in scammer’s country… But honestly, I personally doubt the effectiveness of such reports. I never heard of these reports making any difference. I think any crime (and a scam is a crime!) should be reported to the law enforcement offices which deal with criminals (the police, FBI, FSB, MVD, etc…)

This information is information I have found on various websites so all credit goes to those authors and those websites. Depending on the scam. If it is a romance scam where you have been fleeced for thousands for instance then the best thing you can do is report any scam immediately to the police and try to stop any payments by calling your bank.




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