About Scams in General

How and Where to Report a Scam?

Knowing you have been scammed is always difficult… but we have a HUGE list at the bottom of the page to report the scammer to the proper authorities.

First of all don’t despair! You can check out our handy guide on how to handle things ‘post-scam’: I have been scammed; what now?

But in this article we will focus on who you should contact to report a scam and how to make sure you have the best possibility to stop the scammers!

How to collect evidence of the scam

The following steps are adapted from Jennifer Mueller’s article at wikiHow:

Step 1: Write down the order of events.

When you’ve been scammed, the process leading up to this point can be weeks or months, involving email communication, payment, delivery etc. It can be helpful to sit down and think through the order of what has led to the scam itself. Below is an example:

  • Saw an advertisement on Instagram for shoes
  • Clicked the advertisements and ordered a pair of shoes on the site
  • Received a tracking email from the company
  • The delivery date was missed
  • Emailed the company on <date>
  • Never received a reply
  • Emailed twice more on <dates>
  • Complained to my bank and the amount was refunded to my account <date>

It might sound like a simple exercise, but this allows you to collect as much relevant information as possible which may be useful when reporting a scam. It can also help you identify the best parties to get in contact with (In this case the social media platform could also be contacted to help them remove the online store if it is a scam).

Step 2: Keep copies of online locations and online files/documents related to the scam

This is a important step and can include the collection of the following:

  • Source code of relevant websites
  • Emails
  • Electronic files,
  • Save relevant webpages (incase the scammer shuts the site down)
  • Take screenshots of online evidence that is hard to save.

Step 3: Collect non-electronic evidence related to the scam

If you have purchased a product or service, often there will be evidence such as receipts, bank statements etc. that can be useful. It’s better to be overly cautious when collecting this, as even the smallest thing can help authorities identify and track down the scammer!

Where can I report a scammer?

That might sound simple, but with the global nature of the internet often the victims, criminal and the goods can be in three different locations. (However if you have been threatened by the scammer, our advice would be to contact local law enforcement immediately).

So at Scamadviser we’ve put together a handy guide on agencies you can contact in order to report an online scam. We’ve ordered it by country/region to help you find the most relevant organizations!

International/global organisations

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria 

Canada

China

Croatia

Cyprus 

  • Police – Online form / Tel: +357 22808200, +357 22808461

Czech Republic

Denmark 

Estonia 

Finland 

France 

Greece

Hungary 

India

Ireland 

Italy

Latvia

Lithuania 

Luxembourg

Malta 

The Netherlands 

New Zealand

Poland

Portugal 

Romania 

Singapore

Spain 

Slovakia 

Slovenia 

Sweden 

United Kingdom

United States

The United States Department of Justice has stated the following when it comes to different kinds of online crimes/scams (as of publication).

Computer Intrusion (i.e. hacking)

Password trafficking

Child Pornography or Exploitation

Internet fraud and SPAM

Internet harassment

Other resources include:

Think there is an organisation or contact that is missing from this list? Please contact us !

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Would I still be able to get my 0.007 plus Btc/ $100 back?
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My wife has a million passwords on his phone which makes it highly out of bounds, I knew he was cheating and all I needed was some evidence.
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