What to do if
you have been scammed:
Apply to your local state
or federal enforcement agency with information and request for
assistance. (It is the nearest police station where you
would report a house burglary, for example.)
Report it to the Internet
Fraud Complaint Center:
Send a complaint to the
Embassy of the country where the scammer resides AND their Embassy in your country - for example, if you live in USA and the scammer
resides in Russia, you should send your complaint to the Russian
Embassy in USA and USA Embassy in Russia.
Send it via registered mail,
and include with your report:
Name and surname of the
scammer (the person on whose name the money was sent, even
if it is different from the name of the person your were
Details of the scam - a
complete story including dates, names of the persons and
agencies, printed copies of letters, copies of Western Union
Request to hand your
complaint to the Ministry of Home Affairs of the country
where the scammer resides (where you have sent the money to)
and request to prosecute the scammer.
Your name, address, email
address and phone number.
Print the complaint, number
the pages and initial every page, sign the last page.
Include a copy of your
ID/passport (page with your name and photo).
Such a complaint will be
considered as an official statement, and can be used by
authorities to initiate a criminal investigation, and, possibly,
recover your money.
official complaints authorities are not able to prosecute
Inform the agency/website
where you have found this person (or where s/he has found you),
giving them all details of the scam and asking to remove the
scammer from their pages. Request response.
Inform the service
provider where the scammer's email account has been
registered, and ask them to disable this address. Request
Use aliases POSTMASTER and
WEBMASTER; so if the address was email@example.com
report it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forward them the letter with money request and the story of how
you have been scammed.
If you have sent money to
a scammer via Western Union, report it to Western
Union fraud department and customer support department.
responsible position helps to protect others!