Using deception to get money from individuals believing they are making donations to legitimate charity organizations, especially charities representing victims of natural disasters or historic events shortly after the incident occurs.
The more national reporting data that’s collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Reporting a fraudulent incident will also assure that you have accurate documentation in order to aid in your recovery. Please consider reporting your incident or chat with an online support specialist at the FTC Complaint Assistant. The FTC will create a report number and a copy of the report for your records.
The more national reporting data that’s collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Reporting a fraudulent incident will also assure that you have accurate documentation in order to aid in your recovery. Please consider reporting your incident to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
Once processed, complaints filed via their website may be referred to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies for possible investigation. Any investigation opened on any complaint is initiated at the discretion of the law enforcement and/or regulatory agency receiving the complaint information. Reporting the incident at IC3 will not result in a call back for assistance.
The following resources have been gathered and vetted in order to better serve you. These resources have been chosen to help simplify the process of recovery after a cyber incident has taken place. With these resources you may need to contact organizations outside Fraudsupport.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.
If you have wired money or made a payment and suspect it is a scam, contact your financial institution and/or the money service you used right away. You can reach the complaint department of MoneyGram at 1-800-MONEYGRAM (1-800-666-3947) or Western Union at 1-800-325-6000.
Contact State Charity Official: Visit Here
Confirm if Charity is Legitimate or Fraudulent: Find Out Here
Check to see if the story behind the charity is true: Snopes.com
Get help from your State Consumer Protection Office
Once the proper organizations have been notified and you are on the road to recovery, it is time to reinforce your cybersecurity. Let’s take action and strengthen your cybersecurity with the following resources and tools.
Before shopping, check to see if a site is safe, learn how here.
Reduce unsolicited email: Visit Here
Tax Exempt Organization Search IRS
Charity Scam info from FTC
Are you eligible for a refund from recent FTC Cases?
FTC.gov Shopping Online
Help with Scams on Google Accounts
Help with Scams on Instagram Accounts
Help with Scams on LinkedIn
Learn about scams and internet safety at Xfinity
FDIC.gov Consumer Scams