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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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I think you're saying that you received a surprise message that said you inherited a large amount of money, but you must pay money before you can receive the inheritance.

This could be the type of scam where someone says you won a prize, but you must pay fees for certificates, taxes, etc. before you get the money. In that scam, you pay the fees first, but you never get the prize.

www. cryptoEU. com is a scam, their platform can also deduct money at will, furthermore, they do not process refunds. they will also attempt to make you fill in a form to confirm your credit card as a means to trick to give them the authority to deduct more money from your account. People must stay away from this company.

To report a scam, file a report at econsumer.gov.

When you send a comment to this blog, it does not create a report. You must report to econsumer.gov.

received an email from a Leon Herrera Adalberto..... that i won a British powerball that i of course never entered.... i immediately deleted the email but copied the email address.... just wanted others to know about it. the email address was - clarkenrich. ball.inc @ outlook .com do not go there

+61473343993 Scammed me

A woman named luciana oliver sofa claims to send you gift from overseas and asks you to pay the customs fees and gradually the money demand increases until you realize its a fraud

hi dont order anything from kunda trade co or any other company with kunda in it it is a scam my daughter was scamed from them lucky it was only 65 pound could of been alot more

This site www. utb-togo. net is into fraud and they have defrauded me

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/Complaint. 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 being Contact for a guy in Tinder he said he is From Switzerland and he lives now in New York, he talk with me in the whatsapp for 4 months and after that he said he was comming to visit me in Panama.

Then he said his lawyer call him to a meeting and in that meeting he told him about an inheritance of his dead father, he wen to Cambodia to release that inheritance and after that he ask me for 6000K to pay the invoices.

Hello he things I´m that kind of dumb women, if somebody love me he has to pay everything not me.

I want this guy out of the scamming area, cause I´m guessing he is and expert and he is being doing this for a long time and I will like to protect everybody from him.

Cherry Blossoms Online Dating. These guys are a money laundering organization. They have women online setup to scam people out of thousands of dollars. I would stay away from them. Their management cares little about reported individuals, even encouraging them to initiate and scam customers.

I have deposited $10500 us to Johnson Financial Consulting I Tokyo last August 2017 and now can’t contact to get the money, they said shares have done well and I need to pay the Japan government $12000 to get my money back

I received an email offering employment via Cosmo Oil Company from a "Remi Lemaire"
The email just requests basic info and says that you will keep 10% of all payments you handle.

I did substantial research and finally found a site that confirms my initial belief that it was a scam but I beleive this individual could be stopped if handled appropriately.

Scam: if you cash one of the checks received and give the scammer the money minus the 10% you are responsible for ALL of the money and any fines received from the bank for cashing fraudulent checks.

So please DO MOT REPLY!!!

Seed supreme is scamming many over seas citizens not in the UK bit sending the products and claims that they have no orders or accounts attached to the email used to order them there is now hundreds of people in blogs claiming the same thing since they sale hemp seeds it goes unnoticed but many people in the US can legally grow because of the laws changing this is very bad for a growing industry can you guys please help and report them

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give will go into a secure database that law enforcement uses for investigations. The comments you put here on the blog don’t go into the law enforcement database.

I recently purchased some art while in Vietnam. The business said that shipping was included but it would take about a month to deliver. Recently got a notice from a freight company that they have my product, but that I need to pay them $400 plus another $280 for customs fees. The shipping charge is more than what I paid for the original product, and feel that I am being scammed. I have the shippers info as well as the name of the business we purchased the product from. Is this something that happens a lot? They even charged me for Peak Season Surcharge, and it is not peak season. Just curious if this has happened before, and what I can do about this if anything, thanks!

I need a bit of advice.. I’ve ordered some stuff off a site called FOMO(fear of missing out) not to sure where they’re based, but I haven’t received my items & they won’t reply to any of my emails... I’ve just went to log in to my account with them and it’s told me I don’t have an account, what do I do? I’ve never been in this situation before

If you paid by credit card and did not receive items you paid for, you could disute the credit card charges. This FTC article about disputing credit card charges tells more.

You can report the website to the FTC at FTC.gov/Complaint. The information you give will go into a secure database that law enforcement uses for investigations. The comments you put here on the blog don’t go into the law enforcement database.

New scam company attempting to buy my Grand Mayan,(Vida Vacations) timeshare. They are calling themselves Marketing and Management Solutions. 1100 Poydras St. Ste. 2900 New Orleans, La. . (504)717-2771. H2 Law owns that exact office space!

I started receiving phone calls from the same company in May. I just shot a call to the H2 Law offices and the woman informed me that the space is a shared space and belongs to a company "Regis" allowing multiple companies to use that 2900 ste address.

I am moving along with the process with caution as I have yet to receive any details in writing and I just can't seem to find any history on this Marketing & Management Solutions company or their dealings with Mexican real estate.

The major hurdle for me is they are asking that I obtain a Mexican Tax ID (RFC) by paying some outside company to bypass the otherwise required visit to Mexico and go through Visas and all sorts of stuff. I will update when I have more details.

Hello,
I've been getting the same calls as well from this company. Did you go through with the process?

Hello,

I've been contacted by the same company to sell my timeshare in Mexico. Did you go through with the process. I'm still unsure what to do. They seem legit but you just never know these days!

Thanks

I have backed out a sales agreement with this group, also. The LA Real Estate Comission’s compliance officer was very helpful in explaining the scam. They are using real broker’s names and broker numbers, but they are NOT those people. I have reported it in SC and LA.

I think its a scam- I have been contacted by M & M solutions at 1100 Poydras street. and also Wright and Wright Law Firm LLP 101 convention center dr. las vegas to buy my timeshare in Mexico. Its hard to get anyone on the phone.

I also was called and signed a contract with them to sell my Wyndham timeshare here in the USA they want me to wire them a rfc tax of 3700 usd. I immediately did my research and found this comment and another at the BBB website. Any advice about me signing their contract? They say that I would be breaching they contract if i dont pay up and would owe them their commission. Any advice?

I got a call from saying verizon wireless they will say that you have been overcharged by their billing depatment and they will tell you that they are going to refund and they will ask your name ur verizon account pin and our current adress dont fall for this scam

So I don't know if I'm being scammed for sure but someone I've been talking to that says they are stationed overseas in Nigeria says that she's out of data and needs money to get more but she doesn't have it sent to her. She is wanting it sent to her "friend" there in Nigeria. Is there a way to find out if this is a Sam or not without alerting her?

Hola,

Solo para informar que esta compañía DESTINOS ECONOMICOS en la Ciudad de México toma dinero de las personas a través de transferencias electrónicas bajo el nombre PILAR GARCIA RUBIO para boletos de avión cuando envía el dinero que nunca envían las multas y nunca se reciben reembolsos. Boletos de reserva de Destinos Economicos en tarjetas de crédito robadas según lo descrito por Air Canada. La compañía solo tiene comunicación por correo electrónico. No tienen dirección en Facebook o en el sitio web y el número de teléfono no funciona ... ¡ESTA ES UNA ESTAFA COMPLETA! Se ha realizado un informe completo de estafa para asesorar al público y cerrar esta empresa de viajes en línea. Personalmente perdí $ 2500 en mi boleto y la compañía se escapó con el dinero y me bloqueó en Facebook.

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Just like to make a report that this company DESTINOS ECONOMICOS in Mexico City takes people money through wire transfers under the name PILAR GARCIA RUBIO for plane tickets when you send the money they never send the tickets and no refunds are ever received. Destinos Economicos reserve plane tickets on stolen credit cards as described by Air Canada. The company only has communication through email. They have no address on Facebook or website and the phone number doesn't work... THIS IS A COMPLETE SCAM !! A full scam report has been made to advise the public and have this online travel company shut down. I personally lost $2500 on my ticket and the company has ran off with the money and blocked me on Facebook.

I use giftblooms.com to delivery a cake to my boyfriend in Malta country but the site put the delivery in USA and asked to order and pay again.
I just realized that it is a scam from checking their site.

I recently ordered a bicycle from the company name Bicyclesonline.com other name cyclesday.com the balance was deducted soon after the order and the deducted balance was different from the actual balance. And I didn’t get any confirmation mail , I’m not able to login on the site as I made an account on the following site bicyclesonline.com

I got a text from Paul Owen DHL stating that I have an atm card worth 10.5 Mil and that I need to pay the fees of $85 in order to receive my card.

My fiancee was approached by a guy claiming to be an investigator in Nigeria, asking her to send 800GBP to him to find a guy who is harassing her daughter. He expects a Western Union...fortunately, I managed to convince her that the guy is a scammer. Who should I report him to?

Be on the look out from possible letter from a Liseu 7@ gmail.com wanting you to contact him via email because he has millions of assets in your dead relatives name that he needs to know what to do with. My husband received a letter today. Li Tseu claims he works for Private Wealth Management at the Bank of East Asia in Hong Kong. The letter had scam written all over it.

Phone number 229 6174 1936 is from Benin. His name is Didier connecting via switzerland. They are great scammers on facebook. Beware!!! A vast network connecting internationally to scam people who are looking for love on Social media

Be aware of the Scammer called AnnaBella. Her mailings come from Switzerland (doubt that is where she really is) and is RELENTLESS in telling you you are going to come into large amounts of money but first send her some. She claims to be a Specialist in Occult Readings of the SoUl and Great Diviner of the Wilss of the Astral World. What a bunch of horse sh-t. She has taken my older family member for a lot of money.

I just want warn people about a some one who goes bye the name of Elizabeth Collins say they have jewelry and gold for sell and she need $20,000 to get the goods to Australia don't be taken in by that person she or he are scamming people out of money I got caught out

Please Stay away to this guy Name : Bernard Sam Lawrence He is Scammer facebook online , He will let you invest then to get your invesment back he ask MOney , and noting will happen, He make you believe they are ligit

I have never been scammed, but all these emails are coming telling me that I have been scammed and they have millions and millions of dollars for me from all different countries how do they get my email in the first place that's what I want to know and why is it allowed

Am writing about a company call thriveoptions.com this website is complete scam set out people to act as account manager in other ti lure people into their scam. I deposited $300 I was informed that after a week trading I will make profits in just 3 days I was informed that have made very good profit and due to this it is recommended that I should upgrade my account, I refused and deans for my deposit as they were act funny. I complained to there support tea nothing come out of it. The next thing is they deactivated my account and kept saying they are having technical issues.

I had an vps paid for one month at host europe and I tested it for several days. Because it was incompatible with cpanel I requested cancelation after a maximum of 10 days of use. They sent me an invoice for the second month although the european law gives me the right to cancel a contract in 14 days. Now they send me notifications that i must pay for the second month and another 30 euros fees. if I do not pay the bill, they say that the bill will be transferred to a Ukrainian company and I will not get cheap with the Ukrainians ( their words ). Stay away from HostEurope! Their Terms and Conditions on the english version are in German not in EN! This is fraud!

Ok... this is how you get rid of us, the victims.
Good job FTC.

I have been scammed by wonga loans. What must I do now

Plenty of Fish Dating website scam says he is Charles, lives in PA, on business in UK. Lives in Media, PA. In a bind, dear, honey, ... Can't come home to meet you, till I straiten it out, no #, no last name, gets seriously hostile if you want info. Just a heads up. Changed profile height, position. Never talks on the phone, nothing checks out, so far, call goes to Google's scriber, BEWARE!!!

Hello I am getting scams call from casa grande area codes specifically from 520 876 6197. A lady names Dolores saying shes a volunteer working for the election candidates in Arizona. Shes looking for our contributions and donations. Sounds to me like a scam , when I confront her she hangs up and when I try calling back straight to voicemail . Everyone be aware. Good luck God bless.

been talking to an “Arab” man from Coffee meets Bagels. Name is Ibrahim Mohamed AlHasni. Divorced with one daughter lived in Singapore. Now on business trip in Greece and right before we supposed to meet, he’s been mugged on the street. Won’t do face time and voice definitely did not matched the pic of “ oh so sweet handsome Arabic face” beware . tel no 9053 1813. work as agriculture. lived in “Jurong East” . Nope not this time baby....
Thank you.

Please what about NIWI international... Are they fraudsters?

This supposed afghanistan number is being used in an online romance scam in southeast asia +1 (408) 721-1285. I found out this number belongs in california to a company.

Im talking to someone with this number.

My sister looking for iPhone on Mercari. She saw this guy name ...... he post his iPhone for Sell $350. So my sister decided to buy from him. And he ask my sister to text him for more information. So she texted him and ask about the iPhone. He send her couple pictures of that iPhone. So he ask if she wanted to buy. She said yes, so that name told her to transfer to Western union bank. so she use my credit card and transfer for $350+feed is $385. The guy told her that, tomorrow I go pick up the money and Ship the iPhone to you. When I ship, I give you the tracks number. But until now, haven't heard anything from that guy. We still have his number and name and home address and cell phone number. When we try to call it said "rejected calls ". What should I do next? Any idea? Also he live in Michigan Muskegon.

Thanks for all the information....

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