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Where to report scam

You should report scams to:

*** Your local police station. They may also advice you what to do and where to report further.

*** FBI. They have a special Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
https://www.ic3.gov/

*** Nigerian scams you can also report to a special organization created in Nigeria to fight 419 and other financial cybercrime, EFCC: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
https://www.efccnigeria.org



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Where to report scam

*** Russian scams you can (and should!) report to the following 2 places:

1) FSB, aka FSS (Federal Security Service). This organization is similar to FBI in Russia.
https://www.fsb.ru/contact/contact.html
Please note, this website is in Russian. You can use online translator, for example Google to translate the page (recommended). The e-mail you can use is fsb@fsb.ru.

2) Another place to report Russian scammers is MVD of Russia, aka MOI (Ministry of the Interior of Russia). This is like the headquarters of Russian Police:
https://eng.mvdrf.ru/
Send your message through "Public Reception" center. They have a special so-called department "K" dedicated to fight cybercrime.

Remember, your report to above 2 places should be brief, clear, documentary proven and straight to the point. From that depends if they will consider it. It should contain your full name and contact information. ALWAYS include the open e-mail headers of scammer's letters! This is the only way they can trace where the e-mails originate from and possibly catch the scammers. If you don't know how to do it, LEARN before you send your report.

Report to Western Union, to MoneyGram. They maintain their own blacklists, and this info is important. You can also send report to the scammer's embassy in your country, your embassy in scammer's country... But honestly, I personally doubt the effectiveness of such reports. I never heard of these reports making any difference. I think any crime (and scam is a crime!) should be reported to the law enforcement offices which deal with criminals (the police, FBI, FSB, MVD, etc...)

Please note, this is NOT a link exchange page. Webmasters, please don't ask me to place your links here. Below are the links to the sites I personally like, find useful, also pages of my friends, helpers, scambaiters and other good stuff that I recommend.

First, the scamlists. There are many different scamlists on the web, no need to name them all, just do a Google search. I occasionally visit them all, usually after googling some name or e-mail, but the ones I personally like, re-visit and use the most are:

*** Stop-scammers. Though this list mostly specializes on Russian scams, they also list Nigerian female scammers. Unfortunately, full access to this list is not free, you gotta be a paid member, but even if you are not a paid member you can still browse it for free. And since I know what a hard and ungrateful work is it to maintain the scamlists, I don't blame them for charging money.

Yahoo Groups:

*** Romancescams Group. I said a lot about this group throughout my site. This awesome group was the first one created to fight the Nigerian romance scams. They did a lot, and continue doing, to educate people, help victims, provide everybody with important information and support, as well as get attention of media to this huge problem. You gotta join this group if you are either a Nigerian scam victim, or suspect you may be a victim, or think somebody may be trying to scam you.

*** Anti-scammers Group. The second group created to fight romance scams, very open-minded and informational. This group I highly recommend to men and scambaiters.

*** Internet Victim Resource Center. This is a new group, dedicated to providing counseling and assistance to those who have been victims of Internet fraud, primarily Romance Scams. This group is for after the healing and dedicated to empowering victims to get their lives back as well as finding financial, legal and psychological support.

Sites about scams and scammers:

*** Dragon Ladies. The new site about Asian scammers. Philippines is the third largest scam source after West Africa and former Soviet Union, and is a growing concern of online dating, especially providing that there are basically no scamlists of Asian scammers. The existing sites about Asian brides try to justify these scams by "culture" or "poverty". Don't get fooled! Even if they scam you for just 20 bucks it is still a scam! This new site is trying to shed a light on Asian scams and expose the shameless scammers. A pretty Filipina is asking you for money to pay her bills or nursing school? Nope, you are not her prince charming, she is asking every man for the same. Go and post her on Dragon Ladies!

*** Russian Detective. One of the best sites about Russian scammers, also a detective agency. If you were scammed by Russians, you can send them a report and they will do the background checks for you. In some cases they will be able to prosecute scammers and even get some of your money back. HIGHLY recommended.

*** The US Embassy in Moscow. Some useful info about Russian scams from the US Embassy: how to check if the visa is real, and most importantly debunking the common myth about "travel money", "pocket money" "airplane money" and other BS that scammers invented.

Hopefully you will find these recourses uesful.