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How do you check for Internet scams?

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Consumers can check for Internet scams on the scam alert page of the Federal Trade Commission website, reports the FTC. The Federal Bureau of Investigation co-runs the Internet Crime Complaints Center and maintains a Web page of new e-scams and warnings, states the FBI.

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The Federal Trade Commission states that it updates its scam alert site several times a month as of 2015 to keep up with the latest scam warnings. The site also maintains a comprehensive directory with detailed articles on the most common Internet scams by topic.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center jointly run the Internet Crime Complaint Center, known as IC3, as reported by IC3. Victims of Internet fraud access its website to file Internet crime complaints, which are then passed on to regulatory and law enforcement agencies. The IC3 site maintains descriptions of prevalent Internet crimes, including auction fraud, credit card fraud, investment fraud, identity theft and Internet extortion.

On its own website, the Federal Bureau of Investigation records details of specific examples of Internet scams under investigation, according to the FBI. It also posts an extensive list of suggestions consumers can implement to avoid becoming a victim of Internet scams.

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