Tips to help you stay safe online - If you have been harassed or stalked online see: What To Do If You've Been Harassed Online and follow the instructions there.
Cyber Threat/Network Incident Report
The Rip-off Report is the nationwide consumer reporting web site to enter complaints about companies and individuals who are ripping people off. Unlike the Better Business Bureau, the bad business bureau's Rip Off Report does not hide stories of "satisfied" complaints. All complaints remain public to create a working history for that company, unedited.
Cyberangels - Formed to help people who need help online. Whether you're being cyberstalked, harassed or defrauded, find child pornography or cyberpredators; even if you just want to learn how to use the Internet better or have simple questions about how things work, we can help.
WHOA - A volunteer organization to fight online harassment through education of the public, law enforcement personnel, and empowerment of victims. Our volunteers work with people currently experiencing online harassment, and help others to learn how to avoid such harassment or minimize its impact if it does occur. We recently released our first Cyberstalking Statistics Report. See also sexual harassment and violence.
Complaint Input Form -- If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, use the form below to send a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). While the FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems, your complaint helps investigate fraud, and can lead to law enforcement action.
The FTC is actively pursuing spammers -- Forward spam you've received to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) - A partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to address fraud over the Internet. IFCC provides an online reporting system, that alerts authorities of a suspected criminal or civil violation. IFCC offers a central repository for complaints related to Internet fraud, works to quantify fraud patterns, and provides timely statistical data of current fraud trends. To report Internet fraud click here.
The National Fraud Information Center - A project of the National Consumers League - Consumers can call the hotline toll-free at 1-800-876-7060 or send their questions to the NFIC. The oldest nonprofit consumer organization in the US, to fight fraud by improving prevention and enforcement.
BBBOnLine makes it easy to file complaints - We take complaints involving all types of businesses online, offline, BBB member, nonmember. We accept complaints against charities and nonprofit organizations. We primarily handle complaints relating to marketplace transactions, including advertising claims.
My 3cents.com - Provides free online services to communicate better with consumers and companies. If you have a complaint, they will help you draft a letter, and deliver it for free into the hands of someone who will listen!
US Postal Inspection Service Mail Fraud Complaint Center at 1-800-372-8347
Federal Trade Commission for Consumers 1-877-FTC-HELP
Consumer Response Center, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. 20580.
National Fraud Information Center 1-800-876-7060 -- The NFIC accepts reports about attempts to defraud consumers on the telephone or the Internet. Telemarketing fraud can involve companies calling consumers or consumers calling companies in response to a mailing or other form of advertising. It also includes telephone sales pitches to businesses. Internet fraud can include promotions found on websites, in chat rooms, newsgroups and bulletin boards, as well as via e-mail. The NFIC does not accept reports about home improvement, auto sales, or other transactions that usually take place at consumers' homes or retail stores.
Submit complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection about a company or organization. The information you provide is up to you. The FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems, but complaint helps them investigate fraud, and lead to law enforcement action. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel is a secure investigative cybertool and complaint database providing law enforcement agencies immediate access to Internet cons, telemarketing scams and other consumer fraud-related complaints. It gives consumers a way to voice their complaints about fraud to law enforcement officials worldwide.
If your complaint is about an online related transaction with a foreign company, use the econsumer.gov complaint form. Complaints entered into our law enforcement database will be made available to certified government law enforcement agencies in participating countries. This kind of information is used by government agencies to spot new trends, uncover new scams, and target suspect companies and individuals for law enforcement actions.
The National Association of Attorneys General
The Computer Crime Point-of-Contact List (CCPC) is comprised of prosecutors and investigators from state and local law enforcement agencies in the US who are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of computer and computer-related crime within their respective jurisdictions. The list includes a point of contact in each state. This list has been compiled for use by law enforcement officers and prosecutors.
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