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If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve heard us say repeatedly to report scams to the FTC. If you report scams to us, we can bring the kinds of cases that shut down the scammers.

But there’s another place to report international scams, too: econsumer.gov. Maybe you’ve done business with an overseas company that hasn’t lived up to its end of the deal. Perhaps you got “winning” lottery notices from another country, or got asked to send money overseas to secure your international job. If you’ve spotted a scam that crosses international borders, you can file a report at econsumer.gov.

                                                     

The site is run by the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN), and is a partnership of 34 consumer protection agencies around the world. Starting today, an updated version of the site is available – it’s mobile-friendly, has a user-friendly complaint form, and you can get consumer information and file complaints in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish, and Turkish.

Whether you use a smart phone, tablet or other mobile device, your complaints to econsumer.gov help consumer protection agencies around the globe – including the FTC – spot trends, conduct investigations, bring cases and prevent international scams. You also can learn practical steps to help combat fraud and get news from ICPEN members, including case announcements.

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You could show your friend this FTC blog about romance scams. Many people have sent comments to that blog, telling stories about what happened to them. If you think someone is using a fake name, you can enter their name into a search engine and look for complaints about them.

You can read about what's happened to other people. Some dating websites warn people about romance scams. This blog has some advice from online dating websites.

If you want to find someone in your area to talk to your friend, you could call your local police department or contact someone in aging services. eldercarelocator.gov is a government website  to help older people and their families find local help for many different needs.

Telexfree scammed me $32000 in March 2014 through a local agent called Kasanga Emmanuel from Entebbe -Uganda

You can report an international scam to econsumer.gov.

I am actually on the line at this very moment with a Mr Fred Green who says he is with Mega Millions and he has 2 checks for me - -5.5 million & 2.5 million as well as 2 Mercedes cars that he wants to deliver to my home today. He says that I must go to Western Union and send $990 to a Wm Huff in Castle Hayne,NC before this can be done. What should I tell him? I know this is a scam but I would really like to call his bluff. What should I do???

I have been in contact with someone who says he works for the OFAC and that I am owed about a quarter of a million due to Timeshare Fraud. Are there officials with the OFAC that are working with those who have been arrested and their money confiscated and will be giving that money back to victims like me?

The true OFAC is the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control. It is part of the federal government. Federal employees have email addresses that end in .gov, like this: name@ftc.gov.

The Department of the Treasury has issued warnings about scammers that falsely claim to be calling from the Treasury. The scammers call people and say they are going to get money back, but then they ask for your personal information, or say you have to send money.

Do not give your personal information or bank or credit card information to an imposter. Do not send money if they promise you a refund, award, grant etc.

Please report this to the Department of the Treasury at:

I don't know if this is where I should ask but I've recently been suckered into a 'nigerian rental house scam'. I found out before I gave them any money but I'm worried because I sent a copy of my drivers license and birthday, phone number, and address. I'm not sure what to do or if I have anything to worry about.

If you think your personal information has been exposed to a scammer, go to IdentityTheft.gov. There are tips about what to do if your information was lost or stolen.

So, I was on ebay and this seller posted on his description that he has a big stock of phone that he was selling for $300 each. To buy that we need to email him. So, I emailed him about it. Then, he send me a invoice from ebay, which I just realized was fake. It seemed legit but wasn't and I fall for it. The next thing was me to go to Western Union and paid $314 for payment. Before payment the seller was always in contact with me but after payment he is not replying at all. Yes, I admit I thought it was a scam but there was 2 major parties involved like Ebay and Western Union, which made me fall for it.Thank you for reading my incident. I would really appreciate if anyone would help me. Thank you

Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. You can give details about what happened and they will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Blog comments don't go into the database.

PLEASE DO NOT TREAT WITH THIS COMPANY FROM AFRICA smkglobalstar THEY ARE SCAMERS. THEY FAKE EVERY THINK TO GET YOUR FUNDS.

Hi
I have advance transferred pay INR 20000 in this below account for purchase mobile
NAME: MISS. CHRISTINA L
A/C NO:
BRANCH: .
Mb no. +1: 442- what's app dealing business no
Country: USA currently now person in Qatar
Location: California (Apple Valley, Carlsbad, Encinitas) But they didn't parcel ship ment and neither not return my money Pls advise us

If you sent money and did not get the product, you can contact the seller. If the seller does not respond to you, you can report to econsumer.gov. You can also report to the money transfer company you used.

I gave pushmoney.com 300.00 and cannot get it back from them who would I go to to collect my 300.00

If you sent money and didn't get the product, you can contact the seller again. Look on the seller's website for a button that says 'contact us' or 'customer service.'

If you think this was a scam, you can report it to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint.

SIR/MADAM, AS I WANT TO BOOK THE COMPLAINT AGAINST CHINESE MOBILE SUPPLIER.

SIR, MY NAME IS U            .K          , PROP. OF M/s ARROW          , ADD : #             KALPANA-CENTER ,              DIST., KAKINADA , PIN -            . ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA .

AS PER SOME CHINESE ARE SENDING ME QUOTATIONS & PROFORMA INVOICE TO ME FOR APPLE MOBILE MODEL 6S PLUS - 4G X 128 GB @ 208 $ ,

AFTER SOME MAIL TRANSACTIONS THEY AGREE TO SUPPLY AT INDIA WITH DOOR DELIVERY . I HAD PAID FULL AMOUNT AS PAYMENT SLIP SCAN COPY ,I AM SENDING TO YOUR ORG. AFTER THEY RECEIVED THE AMOUNT THEY HAD GIVEN ME THE WRONG DHL SHIPPING TRACKING NUMBER .

WHEN I CONFORM TO THEM THEY ARE CLOSED THE CORRESPONDENCE.

CHINA MOBILE SUPPLIER NAME ADD. & DETAILS ARE FOLLOWING : Banking detial: Account Name: X      Li Account Number: 6217 xxxx xxxx xxx Bank Name: Bank of China Fujian Branch Swift Code: xxxx xx xx   Bank Address: 136 Wusi Road, Fuzhou 350003, Fujian Prov., China Telephone (optional): 0086-1xxxx xxxx 

Kate TEL: 0086-1xxx xxx xxx ADDR: Shenzhen city Futian district Zhonghang Road Duhui110 Tower Building B Floor 17th, Guangdong province, China

We cannot show the name, address or bank information of a person on this blog.

Please report your complaint to econsumer.gov.

I got ready that I had an infection on my macintosh. I experienced the dumb procedure of giving these individuals a chance to get all my data and "fix the issue" the organization is brought In Technologies and don't know why I felt free to give these individuals a chance to deceive me into getting into my tablet and all my data is as far as anyone knows moved down. I looked online at the web page and still don't recognize what to believe.com website and need to know whether any other person has had this same circumstance transpire.

I would like to report a complaint against an international shipping company which is based in the US and runs as a UPS subsidiary. They accepted delivery of my amazon purchases but never did they forward the packages. This is my second incident with them. First time around in Dec. of 2014 they kept a mini tablet/computer I purchased (can't remember the brand, but it is called the acrobat model) and this second incidence in which they kept an iPhone 5 battery replacement package. I have made several useless attempts to contact them both via telephone and emails simply to no avail. I am frustrated by this and makes me feel helpless against their insolence. Please do put an end to their illegal business practices.

Thank you for looking out for and defending our rights.

To report a company to law enforcement, go to FTC.gov/complaint. The information you enter there goes into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The comments you put here on the consumer blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

Can i file a complain against a us citizen who did not pay me for the marketing job i did for them even if im nit a us citizen and livinv outside us?

If you know about a scam that crosses international borders, you can file a report at econsumer.gov.

i called my sheriff's dept and u. nobody wanted the info on the scam i was calling in. i don't believe this! foreigners are making calls and nobody cares!they have direct info from your website and you don't care! you are not protecting the citizens of this country you are giving lip service! what a joke! our government stinks out loud!!!!

I was scammed by a man in Facebook named Tommy Rolland a British widow. Please warned people not to accept friendship Or invite him as a friend. He scammed me with a lot of money. The First two months are sweet promises until Hebert to do business in Malaysia. From there he get into business problem and asked if I could help. He introduced me as his wife to aperson who is supposedly going to help him and he even said that he will make it 3x the money I'll give. Like investing. I'm so stupid and buy that craft. I should know better. Who can help me and who to contact? Please help. I have his passport no. (don't know if it's real ) and 2people I send money to.

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

If you used a wire transfer service like MoneyGram or Western Union to send money, you can also report to those companies. If you gave a scammer your bank or credit card numbers, contact your bank or credit card company and explain that a scammer has your numbers. Ask how to protect your accounts.

Someone sent me an email on 2016/08/04.it was Days inn San Diego hotel from hiring manager ms.Cathryn Michelle.it seem from their address.they told me that they chose me for their job vacant and send immediately my personal informations and passport copy also.I sent it today in the morning.after that I searched their hiring manager name on internet.I saw someone posted article about that hotel and manager ms.Cathryn Michelle.I seem from that article they are scammers.so I got fear about my self.cuz I already sent them my details and passport copy also.so I want to do now leave this problem from my life and stay safe..please someone tell me what to do now? Help me plz..

A scammer could use your information to get credit or a job, or do other things. The IdentityTheft.gov website lets you report theft of personal information, and get help to deal with problems.

To report a stolen passport, go to IdentityTheft.gov. Click the "Get Started" button, then click "I want to report identity theft." Then click "Government benefits or ID." That will take you to the screen where you can report a stolen passport number.

So I'm not sure if this falls under the same category, but what can I do if my mother in law has tooken money from me and my husband claiming she would sell us a truck and hasn't done so but took the money. My mother in law then left to Mexico for about 2 months now and I've heard she is now coming back. Is there some sort of action I can take? She took a lot of money from us to which we been stuck trying to recover.

If someone takes your money and doesn't give you what they promised, you may need to talk to local law enforcement.

I have someone who is claiming to be from a prize dept. that i won a 2016 range rover.. I need to send 400$ for the "delivery theme" (yes team, they meant team) I have played along, none of my info given, but I told her my phone was about to die I needed the info right now.. and i got a address name and phone number.. what do I do now?

You can report the call to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I do not know wether or not this is a scam because I have been putting my resume on job sites and I got an email about a Job for this Rolland stores company located in Za Brumlovkou 2, Michle, 140 00 Praha,
Česká Republika, I do not know if it's the real deal it seems legitimate!
Can I get some help?

You might try looking on the store's corporate website for contact information. Ask if they post vacancies on the same job sites you've been posting your resume to.Tell them about your experience and that you're trying to determine if the job offer is real.

I also received an email from Rolland Store today with a job offer. I did a bit of research and I would stay away from them. This whole collecting and forwarding money is most often a scam.

Hi I was approached by a woman named Valerie Landrin, she hooked me up with a bank in Benin, they also have a branch in France, every payment you make they say is the last but it never is. I spent 3323 Euros I borrowed money in hopes of getting this loan. I have all my receipts. Is there any way I can get reinbursed. Cause I am in so much trouble. People Stay away from the Banque Regionale de Solidarite they are scams. Stay away from mr. Amoussou and from Christopher Paris, and Andre Gory they are all criminals they have no heart

If you transferred money to a real bank account, you could contact the bank and ask if it can help you.

If you send money to a scammer you probably can't get it back. If you sent money by wire transfer, you can contact the fraud department at the wire transfer company and report the scam.

Hi, Yesterday I got a call telling he s from immigration department. I fled in wrong details in the immigration form and scared me like hell made me be on call for 2 hours saying we are logging a case and appointing a lawyer. And made me transfer 1000$. The strange thing which made me believe was the number. It's the same number which is mentioned in the High commission of India, Canberra. Can anything be done on this.. I am not worried about money but these people need to be punished.. I can give more details if anybody is ready to help me on this. Thanks

If you are outside the US, you can report this to law enforcement on the econsumer.gov site. If you gave your bank account information to the caller, contact your bank and ask how to protect your account. If you used a wire transfer company, you can report the scammer to the wire transfer company.

Dear All I would like to report a company that Fraudulent Company in order to prevent more companies can be affected. QINGDAO CSR INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS CO.,LTD __________________________________________________________________ Service hotline:+86(0532) 80961655 Fax:+86(0532) 80961655 Advice:15725214580 QQ:2336886200 E-mail:damon [damon             ] Web: csr-logistics          Add:No.206, Zhengyang Road, Chengyang District, Qingdao city,shandong province,china they offered low rates and then they hold your BL once you pay what they want they release

Please report this directly to law enforcement at econsumer.gov. That is a partnership of more than 35 consumer protection agencies around the world.

The comments you put here on the blog do not go into the law enforcement database.

Dear Sinia, same thing happened to me with this company, the contact there is Gina and Cena, they offered low rates and hold original BL, please reply this and add me on skype: xxxxxxxx

Thanks!

Hi Aracue, can you please send me your contacts as I seem to be in the same situation and need more details. Your skype name doesnt show in the post. You can add me on xxxxxx

Hi Sinia.. I am currently in the same situation so I want to know what happened with you and how you solved it. Please send me your contacts or add me on skype xxxxxxx

magnum options are scammers. they take people's money and don't come through

You can report a scam to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

How can we help the person who is a victim of scam? I think she was hypnotized that she don't listen to her friends and family if they say that she was scammed. Pls. Help us. She was scammed by an indian named manoj

You could show her the stories that romance scam victims tell the FTC. This blog post has dozens of stories from other people.

The stories follows a pattern: someone contacts the victim  online, pretends to start a relationship, says he's overseas on business, uses romantic language, makes big promises, and then asks her to send money or help him transfer money.

Sometimes scammers make up reasons for victims to open a bank account. They  might transfer stolen money into the new account, and tell the victim to withdraw money and wire it out of the country. Or, they deposit phony checks into an account and make quick withdrawals, or get someone to make the withdrawals for them. Victims of this scam think they’re helping out their soulmate, and don't realize they’re aiding and abetting a crime.

If your friend is sending money by wire transfer, you could contact the wire transfer company and explain what's happening. The company might have information about known scammers.

Sometimes an officer from a local police department or sheriff's office will make a home visit to talk to a person about a possible scam.

If your friend is an older person, you might be able to use the federal government's Eldercare Locator and type in your zip code to find help in your area.  You could ask the local Area Agency on Aging if they have staff who talk to potential victims.

I was a victim of romance scam. I search the number 7602063632 and it was on the romance scam website and the name that showed was Alberto Antonio. He wired 31k into my account and i dont know how he got my account number and my number. So he started making threats towards me if i dont send the money into an account he sent. I contacted my banker and they made a request to have the funds removed and sent back

I am a business that is getting fraudulent orders through our online shopping. Where do I report these, luckily we are catching majority of them and cancelling them but they continue to happen.

You can report it to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

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