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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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Uhm - 'Bridget Small' - have you actually visited the econsumer.gov website...? The website needs serious re-designing - it looks more like a scam site itSELF than it does a genuinely government-affiliated agency. Even the one personnel image comes back on a search engine as 'ESI participants at a 2014 conference '.

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i been scammed on a loan could you kindly help me please

Hello my name is salahuddin I used dating side I find girl there first she said I need love I also loved her after few weeks she created problem I sent money then she created another I also helped her after she also created new problem I also sent money I sent more money after I understand I stopped to send money now also she creating problems I don't know what to do if you can please help me and I lost more money she break my heart I don't want she beark another person they playing with peoples I got it now they trying to collect money from another peoples so please help and if possible caught them please

Instagram is full of predators, my mother was scared out of a hundred thousand dollars from a romance scam. If you wonder how this can happen, it's through brainwashing. She was totally confused, swore she didn't send money yet did. It's been a nightmare. When she fully comes out of this she will be shocked. She is a frugal person, they made her give them money against her will. Sounds like a syfi book but its real. Texting can be hypnotic, she never spoke to them. I say them because I'm sure it's a ring. They text her all day long. She was addicted to the attention and what they told her. She was totally out of touch with reality. I thought she had the onset of dementia or Alzheimer's. Be careful out there. This is the scariest thing I've ever experienced.

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I received a call from ''ClickPort International'' (clickportint.com) offering to conduct trades in commodities (oil) and currency exchange (FX) once I transfer funds (EUR 5,000) to a bank either in Poland or in Panama. The guys sound like they know what they are doing (call/put options, hedging, strategy, etc..), but when I checked the history for the website, it is only a couple of months old (they claim they work since 1999) and I could not find whether they are registered / associated with any market authority. This is just a warning to be careful when dealing with incredibly good offers received by phone.

Scam - Turkish visa should be 20 dollars but charge £60 company name fungal sistemas sl . Need to be stopped.

My mother received a letter from Gloria Alves letter dated 29 March 2019. Looks like she (or he) is still add it.

Hello I have been in a relationship for 7 years with an Romanian woman. I just found out all was a scam. I have proof of all. I supported her for all 7 years maybe over 150,000$. I also visited her 4 times. What should I do? Thanks.

There needs to be a way to forward these scam emails to the appropriate agency. As a retired IT pro and black hat, I find it amazing that the most common form of scam cannot be forwarded to anyone for investigation. EVERY agency expects the potential victim to supply evidence but offers no way to do so. In fact, there is no way to forward or attach anything when filing an online report with any of these agencies. For that reason, many of the fraudsters and scammers remain able to continue there illegal activities. As usual, law enforcement is still in the mid 20th century while the criminals are using the tech of the 21st. It's no wonder that there's been so little progress to stopping these criminals. LEO's are helping to enable them by not utilizing the best tools available.

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