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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: 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


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 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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i am worried .i have given my address , name to frauder whoose email id is monicalinbrown9 @

I oredered from Besiktas Shop, BESIKTAS.COM. I paid $91.00 for a jersey. They said to be the store for Besiktas Futball Team from Turkey, eventhough the website is originated from the Netherlads. I received an email with the receipt / invoice but never received the merchandise. Trying to contact them via email has been unsuccessful and the phone# provided to me for the credit card company is a phony. They took my money and now there is no way to contact them. People, be very careful, I don't really know who these people are but everything is very strange.

Please investigate and CoinCrest , both companies accepting wire and credit card transfers selling High Frequency Trading, Members include Roberto, Victoria, Sean, Marta, Owen. Shows online account balances but no ability to reach or get $ out, initiate transfers or trades. Lots of online reviews that are negative and same issues.

You can report a problem you have with a business to the FTC at The information you give will go 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.


I received an email that seems to put a new spin on the old 'Nigerian letter' scam, which goes like this: a deliveryman with a $8.3 million USD inheritance check is waiting for me at an airport & I am urged to call or email a 'diplomatic deliveryman' with info. so that the man with the check doesn't leave because I've wasted his time. The part that most concerns me is this line: "Most importantly you are advised to send your full data to him, which include your Full Name, Current Residential Address, Direct Cell Number, closest airport to you and A copy of any identity card to verify that you are the right receiver to avoid mistakes." All I can think is that all of that info - with a copy of an identity card, no less, is a surefire request for full-on identity theft - and, how much info do you need for a fake passport based on you to be generated? So, should I forward this email to a gov entity? Homeland Security? Who? As a heads-up for everyone, names & numbers in this email are: "Mr Godwin Emefiele. The Executive Governor, Central. Bank Of Nigeria." "Mr. Donald Osso" "(512)-400-7124 or email: donaldosso55 @" Any guidance/suggestions or is this something others have already seen reported?

These are useful details for a complaint. Please report this to the FTC at The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

l got scammed by , he said his name is Edward Donald, he is 4 star US army general, wearing with uniform(l found out this real photos belong to US Marine 4 star general Peter Pace' face), he made me to set up Hangouts on line, we 've been back and forth over two months, he is sending me a huge packages, has lots cash, and important documents, the Afganistan government gave him some land, exchanging with his services, he asked me to keep his package, and asked money 5,000.00 ,and another 50,000.00 , his package is holding by Turkey government, he need 50,000.00 for origin certifications, l was not smart enough to sent him, l immediately realized, l got framed by criminal scammers. his email is edwarddonald9123 @, he said his birth date is Aug 27, 1960. l asked him to send his ID, he sent his passport, but the picture was the General Peter Pace's photo. He said, his agent will contact me , his name is Russellshroyer2 @ l asked him send his ID, he sent Russell Jay Shroyer, it was fake photos on. l think these guys are the professional criminal scammers all over the places, l feel like they are in Istanbul, Turkey now. The scammer still sending messages , it is nightmere.

I have someone named Valerie landrin who said she can lend out money from $500 to $500,000 at any one time for those needing money for all purposes. She charge 2% on capital loan after 3 months grace period and nothing else except to ask th borrower give her their bank accounts and she will wire the fund loaned within 48 hours. True or false.

If someone you don't know says she wants your bank account number so she can give you money, it sounds like a scam. If you tell her your bank account number, she can take your money.

Hi I am reporting a scam and Consumer Dispute with ShipsUS CA 91763 for confiscating my goods since last Sept. Because I wanted to get of the bottom of the culprit and made inquiry about damaged parcel box and missing contents.

Now Shipsus the storage and forwarding agent has confiscated my goods since Dept and will not allow me to re-ship uk because I questioned why ot broke into my parcel under pretense of damaged box delivered from where the bakware was purchased in Okhlaloma and shipped by Fedex from Vacshack the merchant ( does only domestic US delivery) to the storage and fowarrding agent ShipsUS. Plus Shipsus backlash against me for raising a dispute / claim on PayPal. ShipsUs has now created a fake debt of $800 storage which I don't owe fir simply investigating why it lied that ot didn't break my box when photography evidence shows parcel box was BANDAGED with tape + plus risk of malicious damage done to ceramic bakeware+ cost of purchase + distress.. Attached parcel pic FYI.

FYI I am UK resident. I ordered some ceramic bakeware from Vacshack Oklahoma via PayPal. Vacshack does only domestic USA delivery. To re-ship UK I had to look for a mail receiving / storage facility in the States. Prior to the order with Vacshack I researched and discovered that the cost of logistics fron thw States to UK via Shipping Brokers is 50% less than the big courier companies typically used by forwarding agent. I communicated this to ShipsUS before Consenting to use its delivery. It was upon this agreement that it was nob- binding tp use ShipsUs courier delivery service that I could seek and use my external choice of shipping agent .

This was communicated via enaill address The storage or parcel receiving agent I opted for was one which would not make it mandatory to re-ship my parcel to me if I found shipping brokers significantly cheaper than the typical USPS, UPS, DHL, Fedex etc. Who would charge $ 150 ( £120) for 10. 4 kg / 23lb weight (21"x17"x 10" dimensions). Further research led me to cheaper shipping
brokers Parcel Hero and Parcel Brooker ( Who charge 50% less than the above freight quote £56-£60.

SHIPSUS California Montclair 91763
I made the first email contact to ShipsUS 4th Sept 2017 and received feedback 24 hrs. I inquired about the freight using g it's forwarding delivery couriers which was $150 with USPS and I informed the storage or forwarding agent ShipsUS that I need to use its storage and virtual address NOT its courier agents..Again as stated above freight of the big- time Courier agents used these forwarding agents cost TWICE as much with parcel brokers online. It was agreed and authenticated via email by ShipsUS ( Fiona Yu) that I could use the storage facility free membership and free 30days storage without any binding contract to use it'd mail forwarding courier agents.

Vacshack Oklahoma Purchase of goods
Based om the above I proceeded to purchase the stone bakeware Worth$122.50 from Vacshack Oklahoma 7th Sept 2017 who delivered it 12th Sept 2017 by Fedex ( tracking info attached. Again Vacshack did it's job and delivered to storage facility Montclair CA 91763.

ShiosUS Mail Parcel Theft
Following a FIRST attempted collection to re-ship my goods. There was a technical mix up which delayed the booking botched by ShipsUS. Which needed rectification.ShipsUs raised a false alarm around the Shipper Parcel Broker which led me to camp my Paid Status Invoice to collect my goods.

Photo of mail theft parcel box
From hence I demanded to see a photo of the parcel delivered by Fedex from Vacshack to ShipsUS. SHIPSUS ignored this photographic evidence request 4tines. Suddenly ShipsUS claimed that I did not have Parcel Brooker' s authorisation to use its TNT account to ship UK. Meanwhile I had PAID STATUS imvoice. However when Shipsus calked TNR it used the name Parcel Broker a subsidiary in place of Magpie Solutions TNT Account.

First Confiscation
Upon this technical booking hitch Ships Us false claims TNT authorised ShipUS to confiscate my goods.

No inspection notice
ShipsUS never requested my consent in writing g or otherwise prior to its false claims to inspect my goods on te ground of false prohibited itens. This is highly unethical.

BBB II ransacked the whole Internet tp find an organisation that regulates formating agent services in the USA. I found none. Then proceeded to Better Business Bureau. No help. All the false allegations by ShipsUS including that I was moved in my storage 1st vs 12th Sept 2017, using Magpie Solutions ILLEGIT etc SHIPSUS could not had no HARD- CORE DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE. Only WORD OF MOUTH. I took apart ShipsUS line by line paragraph by the next and refuted all its FALSE ALLEGATIONS with HARD- CORE DOCIMENTED evidence Thus ShipsUS was unable to refute my Clains and BBB did nothing closed the case and published it online .

2nd Collection ATTEMPT Then I sent Paper Safety Caution Stickers A4 sheet by post from the Sun Yo California to Fiona Yu Shipsus to stick on the box for collection. As ot refused to print this out and provide detailed inspection of brokenparcel box mail theft. Fragile parcels box inside the DANAGED box are not complete items order. 2 out of 4 show in photo. I requested further evidence as to also the state of these fragile ceramic Cookware. Since Shipsus damaged the box..Declined

PAYPAL Then I approached PayPal for advice. PayPal Dispute team were angry.. Then I specifically instructedPayPal not to issue a refund for ShipsUs Handling fees $10.50 nor escalate to Vacshack for product chargeback $122.50 Fees. I requested a message from PP to ShipsUS to release my goods by a deadline. However PP took a draconian approach and did the above.

ShipsUS Backlash against my PayPal Dispute/ Claim
As a result withing 30mibs of PP msg Yo ShipsUS, it emailed a false bill static that because I issued a refubd and opened a dispute on PayPal I should make a BANK EIRE transfer to its Chase Acct of $400 counting per at present timre @$3/ day + $30 Admin fees for storage and formating fees!

Complaint PP This led me to request PP to review its claim that I requested this refund and Vacshack chargeback. BL PP cconfirmed I did NOT

PP requested Buyer return goods to Vacshack for Full Refund Shipsus Cobdiscated goods and case was closed As PayPal requested that my Claim Item Damaged Not as Described. i should provide tracking# to receive refund. ShipsUS declined collection andconfiscated my goods and PP closed the case without refund or recovery of damaged goods.

BL I hereby bring this to you attention:
#1. Parcel Theft- Damaged Parcel box #2. Damaged Ceramics and rough handling backlash. #3. Missing contents. #4. Goods Confiscated for enquiring about mail theft - 3 failed attempts to re-ship UK. #5, Goods held up at ShipsUS California since Sept for inquiring investigation of the nail theft culprit and risk of shipping already damaged goods - Vote of NO CONFIDENCE IN SHIPSUS Word of Mouth Assurance. #6. Goods $122.50 damaged by ShipsUS manufacturer discontinued products. DEBT/ SCAM - $400 Fakse Storage + forwarding fees. #7. PP Dispute Claim Backlash scam debt- $400 counting. #8. FRAGILE! Caution Sticker A 4- Returned fron California Montclair 91763 to UK Hence I am seeking your attention in thus matter. ShipsUs is flexing its muscles against the law and pro- corruption as its apparently unregistered! Please assist my goods are damaged, confiscated and debt I DO NIT OEW on the account of inquiring who broke- into ny parcel. Further evidence provided on request. ShipsUs Contact details Contact Persob- Fiona Yu Addres 4650 Arrow Hwy, Suite D3 Montclair, CA 91763 Website -shipsus. com
E: info @ shipsus. com T: 9093990821

File a complaint at 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.

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I bought a bag for women on fashionstore2017. com They recently changed their website name wich was supways. com I need some help. It cost me C$ 215. They changed the price, I don't ger it I'm really confused.

I feel like a total idiot. I'm so embarrassed. I was scammed out of $1000's. I don't know what to do. I stepped out of my comfort zone. I thought I was actually getting to know someone who was interested in me. It has made me want to almost end my life over.

Does anyone know who/ where to report for people who are not US citizens or residents? I have a lady in Portugal who has lost everything, thanks

Don't get duped by Paul Lewis or Paul Teglas he is a scammer who will profess his love for you quickly. He then want to send you items in the post including shoes, handbags and jewelry. He finally gets your address and even though you do not want the gifts he goes ahead anyway. You then get a call from the courier saying that the parcel is in India and you need to pay a fee before it's sent to you. When you contact Paul he says he has put lots of money in the box all his savings etc. You say you are not paying and he becomes abusive and threatening. I felt for this but was smart enough not to pay. He says he is a Marine Engineer with a young daughter and was widowed four years ago. This is a scammer.

thank you

Go careful

Watch out for Traders for baed in L.A. - A Binary Options trading platform where their traders 'do it for you' It is a SCAM. I have lost a lot of money to them. Our Trader was called Ken V Hensley who has morphed into Kent Vincent on his FaceBook profile. Also Karina Kyle who used to be called Karina Rose Thompson, Garnet Ryan, Patrick Halo and Collins Matthew to name a few. A man called Simone Airubee has disappeared from FB completely at present. These people were all advertising themselves as professional traders for PavilOptions, they would pay out small amounts to get people sucked into believing they could build up an account to very high values, BUT we never got paid out. I will report them down every available avenue in the USA. Since it became known this is a SCAM, the traders are blocking their former 'clients' & changinf their names & most are now promoting a company called Gloubshares.....Leave those alone too!

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BE AWARE of site This site has scammed hundreds of people out of money. Consumers purchased items that never arrived, with fake tracking numbers. This site owner will then send out automatic emails filled with lies stating why your package is 3 and 4 months late. The entire site was set up to scam people out of money. This site have sponsored ads on Facebook and Instagram to mislead people. This 6 month old site is now under serious investagation for fraudhas.

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Hi I don’t really know how this thing works but there is an online company that has nothing but bad reviews because once you order something you never get it and the company will never respond to you but if you try and get your money back they let the bank know that you “got your package “ Their Instagram is @vivamacity their email information is on the account.

I am from India,I got a message on twitter asking me money regardind with charity from Lagos, Negeria, zip code 23401. That twitter account is a fake misusing the name of Daniel Radcliffe. Please take steps to stop that account and the scammer behind it.

imbabwe. com aka Snowworld (fb page) is 1 of the active scam company. Advertise about the cheapest price for Samsung handphone (payment type using Credit Card). Hope this info will help others to be aware and authorities could help to investigate until the person involve arrested.

Please my friends,Brothers and sisters, there is this fake company called Fidelity Auto Storage and Logistics company, website www. fidelityautostorageandlogistics. com, they claim to be an escrow company that take people money and hold for goods to be ship out, but never ship any goods nor even have the goods at all, do not fall for them as many people are now falling for it.

Gloubshares. com are big time scammers and fraudsters. Never invest your bitcoin, they will run away and block you.

I have in my mail box, but every time I try to use it, it changes to I keep changing it to the correct address and it still changes to the aol address. I have typed the correct address and saved it so many times I lost count. Why is this happening?

I'm Andrew,,, Useless "Paxtradding" an online site, claiming to buy gift cards, scrammed me off my 25$ worth of iTunes card some minutes ago,,, they needs to be stopped!!

ROCK RIVER PARTNERS FIRM and VINTER TRUST & ASSETS are bogus companies claiming to have a buyer for you timeshare.
They do not exist. IP address has traces to England and other places.

People pls run from one Carlos Jensen (From New York) who claims to help make 5 bitcoins from a deposit of as low as 0.2bitcoins trading binary options. He just scammed me bitcoins worth $1290!

"Tina Connolly" this is a scam. Job offers for overpaid work-from-home sales or customer service positions. Tries to get people to open multi bank accts and send moneygrams. Check kiting. Etc. This name is used for multiple companies, the most recent I've received being "Gedesen Holdings Limited"

I got a winner prize by money gram 50 0000 dollars and this scammer ask for send my personal details as passport I think they stole the personal information for use it and scam other people in the work cause. Sadly social networks let anyone stole your pictures and some personal information please be careful with this scammer ,you should to create a international policial report and folllow this people who stole the personal information for scam others. Please be careful the scammer email is abreuwaldemars @ clearly he use a translator in Spanish please report this email and anyone be careful .

Hey a boy scammed my rs 1200 please can you message me I want that guy in jaip

Please help me. An employer found me on a legit freelance platform. So he told me that their company is avoiding taxes so he will hire me to send the money to them. He said their clients will send me the money through paypal and I will send it back to them through remittance. I agreed because the pay was great. Now, I wasn't aware that the "employer" was scamming, he was selling products online. So the customers thought I was the scammer because he used my IDs and paypal. What should I do?

You could report the scammer or his company to the freelance platform where he advertised the job and to PayPal. 

You PayPal account might be affected by this. The scammer might use your ID and personal information for identity theft. Read this list of warning signs of identity theft. If you see signs of identity theft in your life, report identity theft at

I have been scammed by a person called: DR PETER JM VAN GINKEL. He claimed that he is a BG provider and I sent him 10,750 USD. He suppose to be a CEO of a British companycalled: SECURE FINANCE GROUP LTD , UK.

But after he took the money he disappear. Please be careful and if you have any advices I will appreciate it.

Dear Ibinfadlan, Would you be able to tell me more about this scam as I am dealing with the BG matter with him now. I need to know where he is based and whether he could do it or not? Where is his company? please email

Have you managed to trace him? Have you got any information or cell no? There is another person by the name Bernard Correy who introduced Dr. Peter as the provider.

can you please give me more information seems he operates through many companies all asking for fees each company has different fee ranging from 3000usd to 25k usd

can you tell me more about him? do you have his contact no and where he resides? did he share any draft BG with you? to which bank did you send th money and what was their commitment. How did you know him? was he intoducted to you by some one what is his name. I will aprreciate as some has approached me with his contact.

did you get min touch with him i have around 70thousand USD for the SBLC HE SAID HE will give me he real or scam can I get my money back please advice very very urgent

i have a BG contract now supposely from this DR PETER JM VAN GINKEL. but in the BG contract his passport information doesn't match with his passport copy.

thanks for writing this.

AdapterChargerStore is a total scam.Stay away if you want to save your money. bought a charger for a laptop. After a month, neither charger nor money. On all my letters to the customer service there is not one answer. All reviews are false. STAY AWAY IF YOU WANT TO SAVE YOUR MONEY and time.Canada post doesn't even recognize the trucking number they gave me. Stay away.Scam.

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Melvin john is scamming as a major in the army, just wants money

Melvin john is the name, claims to be in the army

Do not buy from Tidebuy online clothing store they won't a refund your money like the state. They sent me damaged merchandise and only want to offer me $20 after I paid 118 and wouldn't give me a return address to send it back scam alert!! Buyer beware!!

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?International acct.woman with LEUKEMIA passed Nov.21,2017 leaving a account announcing to bank that macaroni red hot is to be rep/bene. Of a substantially lg. Amount of money. Was her late husbands acct.left her the log in & password am the only one with this. As she was the last of two siblings & with many years of humiliation no children of her late husband. Mother not father r grandparents. She pray for God to lead her to some one & after exhanging mail is absolutely sure God has led us in this. Bank calls her inheritance co. Called her and Bank Manager with the Head of wire Foriegn exchange. Ask for $3168 British Sterling $ to Grant paper the probate death certificate of bth. To transfer account names from international bank to banking.What does it mean exactly?This is very convincing. What do you say?


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