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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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First time I went to an Internet dating site, I had some man try to scam me. Name:Raymond Hammond. Thick accent, maybe German. Right off wanted me to take delivery of on apple7. Then send money for new laptop he broke. Pretends to be a businessman for gold investing etc.

I need help knowing if this is a scam or not.

My Wife and I sends our heartfelt appreciation and warmth greetings to you. We went through your application and Most especially your mail, You gave us an inner peace of Mind that really got us going,Your Re-assuring mail that our home will be taken care of well as if it were yours is something that makes us want to rent to you.Yes our furnitures are been store inside the store room so if you are willing to us it you can take it off the store and make sure you take very good care of it for us.

We intend sending the keys and the house documents Via FedEx mailing services to the address you provided to us. OK You will need to make First Month payment and Security Deposit payment which is $500 including firt month payment.Then you receive the keys and documents after 24hours of your payment confirmation. My family and i will be staying here for good 4 to 5 years,so you are to stay as long as you want in our house.

So my family and I have accepted you as our new tenant and we would like to send the following document to you via FedEx courier service to the address you will be sending to us and the tracking number will be sent to you so that you can possibly occupy our house, Here are the contents of the document. 1) House Entrance keys and the rooms Keys 2) House Rental form(Containing your reference details) 3) The house documentary file 4) First Month payment and Security Deposit payment Receipt ( Refundable ).

I will also need you to confirm your delivery details and also to answer the below questions so as to certify my worries about you taking charge of my house: Delivery Name: Delivery Address: phone, You will be using Money gram money transfer or Western Union money transfer to pay the First Month payment and Security Deposit payment,first until we are able to open an account where the rent should be paid into. So we will want to have the answer to this few questions.....Do you want me to send you the information for Money gram or Western Union? How soon you ready to make the payment so that the package can be ship? Remain Blessed.... Thanks and you are welcome. It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good 1 Sam 3:18

It could be a scam. Some scammers specialize in running rental listing scams, and take money from people who think they're getting a great deal on a place to live. This FTC article about rental listing scams explains more.

If you send money by wire transfer like Western Union or MoneyGram, it's like giving someone cash. Once it's gone, it's gone and you can't get it back.

I MADE 2 TRANSPORTS FOR TOSSAL BELLAVISTA SL AND THEY DON'T PAY THE INVOICES FROM JULY. AMOUNT OF 5.450 EURO AND THEY DON'T REPLY TO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS.

THIS COMPANY IS IN SPAIN AND THEY THINK THAT THEY CAN JUST GET AWAY WITH IT. IT IS UNFAIR. I HAVE SEND WARNINGS TROUGH LAWYERS BUT STILL NOTHING.

NOW I WILL HAVE TO GO FURTHER AND SPEND SO MUCH MONEY!!! IF ANYONE KNOWS SOMETHING TO ADVICE ME PLEASE FEEL FREE...IF ANY OTHER TRANSPORT COMPANY IS WATCHING... DON'T EVER GET A LOAD FROM THIS COMPANY!

I bought online thru an online app then it's on aliexpress. Aliexpress is an online app mostly of a lot of seller mostly in China. And I live in the Philippines. I do get my item and it was poor stitching so I open a dispute about that dress and the seller doesn't want to give me a refund of any amount then later on he message me that he contacted the China embassy in the phils that they file an international fraud about me, and just for me to wait for the legal sanctions. LIke I paid them first thru my credit card and they're the ones being so greed that doesn't want to give me any refund to fixed the dress. One dress cost of $40 that's expensive for an unbranded dress. Will I have a case because of that although I'm the victim here. Cause I need to get a clearance cause my husband will file a petition for me next year. Cause i dont really know anything about this fraud stuff. I never have a legal case file on me my entire life. Thank you and more power!

I'd like to thrown a question regarding to report International scams, while I live in a corrupted country and things here get years to legally has no conclusion.... I've started a non profit organization against pyramid schemes, we provided a lot of information telling that telexfree, Ifreex, DRFR, geteasy, onecoin, paydiamond etc etc are scams, pyramid, money laundry (we have as well proof of this scammers had accounts in the so called offshores Panama and Bahamas). But authorities takes ages to start stopping literally, it's not just launching a warning. It's about literally stop. It's unbelievable how many people get into this scams with ROI up to 200%/300% (can you believe that?). One of the best example of this issue in my country (PT) geteasy had stopped in Tunisia but Tunisian. While the scam was made by Portuguese and Brazilians with a office right here in Portugal. They have an accusation for this scammers while PT authorities says, "still investigating" yes a joke....

If FTC would like to really help, how can we get this entities attention to this economic crime against general public in the political/JUSTICE circus?

hello u´ve been contacted by this girl, telling me that i was a winner of a grant and i have to trasfer U$785 as a fee to start the papers... what do you thing? Is in the name of the Federal Government Grand Agency, and she is Catherine Flynn..

Don't buy from davidsphoneshop.  com. supposedly owned by David Harris. I was stupid and didn't research the website before buying from there. Bought a PS4 controller but they sent an obviously 2nd hand one as it was scratched and dirty.  

It was advertised as brand new and in their "about us" section they state they only sell brand new products from the original manufacturers. I used their contact us form to query this initially thinking it had been sent in error.

They responded via email stating "Of course , We are selling refurbished products." That's all they said, no introduction or name of person sending the email. That was the case with all the emails they sent. I responded to them referring to their about us section pointing out they state they only sell brand new goods from original manufacturers and that it was advertised as brand new on the product web page and asked for a new one to be sent.

Their response was "if you do not like it , please send item back in original status to get refund. Street Address No.1130-4871 miller Apt/Suite/Other/Address 2 YJWVCK LYM City Rd richmond State BC ZIP CODE V7B1K8 Canada" The company information on their website gives an address of "21 gordon st Tampa, Florida 33605 United States Support Email : support@       Free Phone : 1-855-934-6933 " So they are supposedly based in USA, the controller was sent via their warehouse in Germany using a Dutch shipping company called "Postnl" and they want me to send the controller back to somewhere in Canada!

It's then that I did some research and found they are frauds as others have experienced the same problem and received the exact same responses to the letter. They must have email templates set up it must happen so often. One guy said he had sent his controller back using registered post, so a signature was required upon delivery, but even with the confirmation of delivery the company stated they never received it and refused to send a replacement. It probably would have been another 2nd hand one anyway. I didn't bother trying to return mine then and just accept that I'd paid way too much for a 2nd hand controller and to just use it. Turns out the controller doesn't even work at all and is broken. I posted a review on the product on their website which was obviously deleted even though I kept doing it every day for a couple of weeks just to annoy them. Every other product on their site has only one review if any and of course they praise how great it is. Obviously all made up reviews.

I realise the monetary amount I'm dealing with here is minuscule compared to others here but it's still a scam that I and others have been ripped off from. Just because it's an international business transaction with me being in Australia and them maybe in the USA doesn't mean they should be able to get away with it. In this case who should I report to? Australian authorities won't do anything because they say it's out of their jurisdiction. There must be some way of getting justice and have these guys closed down or something. I don't care about the money but If nothing is done then they will just keep on ripping people off on their website. Just avoid davidsphoneshop.  com as you will just be ripped off.

please keep away from Globalbuyersonline. com its a website run by Fraudstars. Keep away from paying membership subscription

I'm not sure I'm in the right place but I'll just state my case on hope to find some guidance. I own a small trading company that deal in FMCG and commodities in general, which means I get requests from my network of worldwide distributors and provide them with the products they need with the requested price, quality, label... etc

My latest venture was to find cheap bottled sunflower oil to a big client I have in the middle east, found a Spanish company offering the price I was looking for (which was hard to find). After several emails, I discover the manufacturing is actually taking place in the Philippines, and communication has switched to a second company related to the first spanish one...

The first order is a trial order of 6 containers for $100'000 USD, in our line of business, we usually work with a 30% transfer in advance to start production and 70% transfer to receive the shipment's documents, which without, I would not be able to receive the shipment from my destination port.

Everything seemed legit so far since in our business, there is far too much details and procedures to be known, that its hard for someone outside of the field to try and pretend they know what they're talking about (logistics, documentation, inspection, certificates, product specs...) obviously they were in the business (when I say "they", I mean 2 individual ladies, one in Spain and one in the Philippines with the same family name...) know what they're talking about. I asked for samples of the oil I was ordering and received it through FedEx, but it came from Germany, which was the second red flag.

When I asked them why, they simply stated they had several outlets worldwide, and the german outlet was the cheapest one to send the sample.
Two months later, the deal started to take shape and we finalized all the details (label, payment, price, specs... etc) and signed a 1 year contract.

Finally, it's time to initialize production by sending the 30% advance payment, the company sends me an invoice with the bank details but the account belongs to a third company and the bank is in Botswana, they claim the third company is their financial management company which is an independent entity with several branches worldwide and they transfer their payments there.

So now I start investigating and here are my findings:
- The spanish company is actually registered in Spain and have an address, but has only been established for 11 months.
- The 3 companies (Spain, Philippines & Botswana) have websites that are eerily similar in some details, with the same Contact Us page where you have to fill a form.
- I fill the form of the financial management company (Botswana) with an inquiry, and receive a reply from the company in Spain.
- The 2 contact persons (Spain & Philippines) I have been in touch with, which I presumed were sisters, have more than 10 accounts each on Linkedin.
- The website of the company in Spain has only the same contact information (email, phone) of the person I am in touch with, this is peculiar since she is claiming to be the Relation Business Manager. Usually, you put the email and phone number of the front desk, secretary, sales department... Not the number of a manager on a website?

I have halted everything and expressed my concerns clearly, they tried to justify but not enough.
I requested a Proof of Product which is basically official documents of previous shipments they have exported, with some details blacked out for confidentiality of course.
They refused and are acting like they are offended and are threatening to take legal actions against my company since I signed a contract (that's not a concern for me because there was no penalty stated).

I don't know how a scammer would go through so much effort of establishing 3 companies, registering them, creating websites in hope of a small fly like my company would pass through and get caught on their well laid web, and how do they know so much about the oil and logistics business, and where is the scam going to take place since I also suggested we change the payment term to Letter of Credit through banks (which is the safest way for the buyer in international trading since the money is kept with the bank and not released until the buyer approves it and receives the shipment documents).

Has anyone heard of such a business scam or anything similar to it? What should I do?

CRYSTAL LINE LOGISTICS IF FAKE SHIPPING COMAPNY ....I AM CHEATED BY THAT COMPANY ...

Sir, The online shopping site WWW. GRABLON. COM Is cheating people by selling products in online,they are not delivering the product at all their customer care number is not working they even not replying to the mails,many customers are facing the same problem.so, please take action on that site.please take action so that no more customer will get fooled by that site.

How to report a korean guy ? I'm from philippines i met this guy last oct 9 on skout and we continue chatting .. And then oct 10 he told me need to procces some documents in BIR and then he need to go in DFA but after that he called me .. He forgot his wallet in the taxi .. I believe everything what he says .. And i offer him to stay in my apartment .. Oct 11 he asked me some money coz he need to get his passport in agency .. So i give 3000 peso .. And oct 14 he need a big money for paying a documents so my iphone 6plus and my ipad air put in the pawnshop and he told me he will get my things on monday .. There's a lot of money he asked to me .. I also borrow money to my friends and also my motorcycle .. All the money he get to me is already 70,000 peso .. Thats why i can't work coz of that .. What should i do ??

You can report a scammer to the site where you met him. You can also report him to econsumer.gov. When you report to econsumer.gov, the information is available to consumer protection agencies in 35 countries. You can also report to the consumer protection agency in the Philippines.

If someone sent and sell Fake Product or copy product Brandname sample Louis vuitton, Hermes Chanel. How can i report to Customs.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) keeps foreign  counterfeit goods from being imported into the United States.

My friend is running a scam business in salt lake.. He calls Germany people through VOIP calls and cons their hard earned money.. Not 100-200 Euro, they take away all their life savings and force them to sell all their property and pay them in thousands of Euro.. I felt bad and I tried to stop him but no use.. I feel bad for his dids.. Now only way to stop him is lauging him in police but cant do so, due to friendship..

You can report this to the FTC. You do not have to give your name. Please report what is happening, so law enforcement can have the information for investigation. Go to FTC.gov/complaint to make a report.

hi, i was victim of a scam and now they have my personal documents, what can i do.?

You can get help with identity theft at IdentityTheft.gov.

You can report the theft and get a personal recovery plan. You can get pre-printed letters and forms to send to businesses, and a formal identity theft report to share with law enforcement.

Bewware of Edgedale Finace they tak your money and it is very hard to get it back

Beweare of Banc de Binary another scam

be aware of +234 909 684 6097 is linked to a scammer who use the name John Nelson

I was ripped off by the Peachy Lemon scam that is just plain old pyramid marketing of printed mugs on Facebook and was persuaded to pay them £10 a month to become a sales agent so me and my husband worked hard and manage to drum up some business using discount codes but we ended up with angry family members and friends who often did not receive the good on time or at all plus the quality of the goods was questionable.

Needless to say that I ended up £30 out of pocket but the lesson learned was invaluable and yes I was a total mug and won’t be take in so easy in the future.

I was scammed a little bit (only out of an iPad mini, refurbished) by this man who claims to be an e3 in the USA army. He says his name is david sierra and his phone number is 5672005781. At first he starts off asking you for 50 bucks then he goes up to 200 and then he sends you some phony letter asking for money to pay for his leave of absence. He gave me an address to send the iPad too but failed to mention the other half of the city I was sending it to because he made sure that the last letters were aro.... But the real place you are sending it to is oke aro street which is in akure. He is a scammer and I called him out on it and stopped talking to him after he kept asking for money. He will give you a fake story about his parent dying and he lives with his uncle. Then he will start sending you love poems and then he will drop the bomb on you. He tells you that he can't speak to you on the phone because his phone is bugged (which is a lie) and tells you he can't Skype with you either. He sent me a video of himself being promoted but there was no sound on it. And he also had some phone boa bank statement showing that he has 1.8 million dollars in the bank but can't access his funds from Nigeria. He is a, fake! Don't send anything to him!

My sisters and i were swindled by BTCMONey. they have a website as www. btcmoney. they stated on their website to provide good profit to little investment. so we paid $35, $100, $140, and $300 respectively. these payments were made on their website where a link to perfect money was provided. our transactions went straight into their perfect money account BTC MONEY LTD Account Number: Uxxxxxxxx

when it was time for us to collect our profit, we were asked to pay additional money before we can have access to our profit. before going into the investment, we asked them whether it is possible to withdraw the profit. they said we could make a withdrawal immediately after the profits become due.but they have now declined our withdrawal. please people be careful

Hi, my card was fraud in malaysia, where can i report that?

You can report to econsumer.gov, a partnership of more than 35 consumer protection agencies around the world.

Hi everyone, please be careful with the website forever -seeds. com. I had bad experience with them. I bought online seeds from them from end of Oct 2016, they said they sent out the goods but I never received it. I tried to contact them with many emails asking for a tracking number of the parcel to track the parcel but they never told me. They got the money but I never have my goods. When I sent many emails to ask them about the goods, they did not tell me anything about the seeds but said that this is harassment. I cannot understand what kind of business they are doing when treating their customer like that. I tried also on their page, asked them why they did not answer my emails, but they had no feedback either. So please be careful with this website.

There is this person pretend to be US soldier.The name is Maurice Combs trudell.He tries to stir up conversation then starts asking about financial situation.he has scammed 3 women for large amounts of money

I would like to report a man that has this email maxriggs201        i have been chatting with him for several months then it got intense ;then he offered me to send me a very expensive gifts.I got a email saying there was not enough postage and i believef the email so tried to send a moneygram to this email and it would not go thru i believe this maxwell riggs hacked into a fake email he might have a alias of filda walteri think this man should be stopped 

So I signed up to be some guys personal assistant John Riggs, he says he lives in Australia and I have to deposit a check of almost 3 grand into my acct once I get the check which should come today and then deduct my pay of $500 and the rest goes for payment of some books that will be delivered to my address. Do u think it could be the same person? Maybe you can help me with a question, what if when I get thos check I deposit it into a prepaid debit card that I dont use and never have money on, what will happen can I get in trouble?

I hv come across one who said he woulh help me secure a loan from overseas.. let me lookup his details n post here too

I have been speaking with someone who i met on match. com who said he lives in Pennsylvania but has to travel to South Africa tonight (so he can't meet me for our first date afterall) due to receiving a large contact today to build schools and hospitals in South Africa. Hmmmm. He wants to keep in touch once he gets there. I believe he's already there and the next question I get will be about money he needs over there cause he had to leave so suddenly or something like that. His construction Co is called Rick Construction Company, which is a strange way to name your business when you are an architect. Hmmmm. Of course I would never send money, so he wasted his time on me, but how do we stop these horrible people from doing this to others?

Someone using my phone numbe I want to remove that

Someone who offering me about a job and then ask me my mobile number I give him and then he said there is arriving a code that code send it to me. I send him. After sending I thought this wrong thing now what i do please someone help me I don't know where Is he using my number

jessicca.alvin          This is the ID she take my number and then ask me a code there is arrived and I gave it. I'm worried about this. What he/she did with my number. I dont know

Very nice blog i appreciate . thanks for sharing this blog

Hello, my husband and I were scammed in Tbilisi, Georgia by an Indian couple that pretended to be minister of Pentecostal Church and his wife.
Where can I report this? Thank you very much.

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give goes into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations. The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

You may also want to report the imposters to the real church members.

Matt Lloyd’s internet scam. This is a question, I thought America was strict with the people it lets into America if a person arriving by plane to America makes a small mistake on their landing card the card you fill out prior to landing that person is denied entry to the U S this is what I am led to believe. So I wondered how an Australian who has been running an internet scam for the last five years that has been scamming Americans as well as people all over the world is allowed to live in America and run his scam business from America. I would have thought any alien coming to America would have to follow the laws of America and if they are going to run a business there it should be within the laws of running a business in America. I would have thought that America just like any other country has its fair share of home bred scammers without allowing Australians to live in America and carry on scamming American citizens and others around the world with his scam. You may be wondering who am I to bring this up well I am a victim of this man but I will not go away quietly and let these low lives in peace to carry on with their stealing from innocent people while the amount I had stolen from me is not huge it is still my money, there are thousands of people who have lost a lot more than I, And I believe America should not harbour these people who are wealthy with other people’s money and should do more to rid your country of these low life scammers that don’t belong in America, and they should be made to pay the price for stealing other people’s money, all money should be paid back if possible to those it was stolen from. Matt Lloyd in one of his internet emails claims he has made one hundred and fifty million dollars with this scam. Most of Matt Lloyd’s affiliates are millionaires from this scam also. When I joined MOBE there was no refund policy in any documentation I was a member for aprox seven days until I realised this was a scam.

I think the scammers are International possibly base in England thru my experience and have some people in America. The target American people, from whatever the can think to con people the almost got me twice IRS and Bank Fraud.

I order good goods from Wordans order ID:981895 they charged my card anout USD 160.00 two days later my oder status has been changed from Pending to Canceled and no explanation was given. Ive send numerous Follow up Emails and no answer to this day. Wordans should refund me if they cannot process my order and deliver my goods. This is robbery.. what then did i pay for? Advice the rest of the world to stop using Wordans

If you are getting any call from 1800-321-696 and they are saying that they are protecting your computer with security and binary coding, immedietly report to cops as they are using AG IT solutions corp for scamming people. search for the number on google you will get the result and exact address.

Is there an email address I can forward possible scams too?

Was scam by this website Quantum code call trade on wall street, and you can make more money is not true, but is all over the world I got scam 5500.00

I've been scammed by lukysolution. to pay them 590$+ transaction fee thru western union. Don't buy from them. I got a fake tracking number and they blocked my number. Reported already and waiting for an answer.

I received an email requesting money for medical care for critically injured family member from Stella Heath in Philippines. I did not send any but would like to forward email to appropriate authority. econsumer.gov has a 'fill in the blank' format. Where can I forward this email?

You can send it to the FTC at spam@uce.gov

I've been scammed by company Felicitas98 Ltd, they supposed to be a supplier of skin care products, after checking company's profile (they are Vat registered in Hungary)they even provided contact information to one of their clients they were doing business with. I have decided to place my order with them for 2800 Euros worth of stock. Now I'm out of my pocket no money no merchant contact with them. I've sent message to them from different email pretending to be interested to buy from them, they replied the same way as before. So they are ready to scam again. Reported them to econsumer gov.

We also know people who were cheated by Felicitas97. How can we contact you?

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