What are some good companies to report Internet scams to?


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Consumers can report on scams or crimes having to do with websites, chat rooms, email and any other aspects of the Internet to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, advises the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They can report scams related to transactions with foreign companies to EConsumer.gov, states USA.gov. Large Internet companies such as Craigslist, eBay and Facebook all have security sites where consumers can report scams relating to their online operations, points out About.com.

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Scams that the Internet Crime Complaint Center accepts reports about include schemes that demand advance fees, computer hacking, nondelivery of goods, and bogus business or employment opportunities, explains the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The center asks consumers to provide as much information about the scams as possible such as the crime they are reporting, the perpetrator and a copy of the email that initiated the scam. The center requests that the consumer keep copies of other evidence such as canceled checks, chat room texts, Web pages, and mail and credit card receipts.

Consumers can lodge complaints about scams regarding international auctions, gaming, product misrepresentation, social networking sites and privacy issues to EConsumer.gov. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission files the complaints without the submitters' personal information in a database called Consumer Sentinel, where U.S. government and international law enforcement agencies can access them to investigate and take action.

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