Charity

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.

Report


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 FTC cannot resolve individual complaints, but they can provide information about what next steps to take. How much information you give them is up to you. They will share your report with local, state, federal, and foreign law enforcement partners. Your report might be used to investigate cases or in a legal proceeding. Please read their Privacy Policy to learn how they protect your personal information, and when they share it outside the FTC. 

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 FAQs about reporting can be found here. Please read the FBI/IC3 privacy policy here.


Recover


 

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

Before Giving to Charity

Get help from your State Consumer Protection Office

Reinforce


 

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

How to Donate Wisely & Avoid Bogus Charity Scams 

Reduce unsolicited email: Visit Here

Donating Through Online Giving Portal 

Veteran Charity Scams

Tax Exempt Organization Search IRS

Natural Disaster Scams 

Picking the Right Charity

Charity Scam info from FTC

 

Other Resources


Are you eligible for a refund from recent FTC Cases?

Find Scams

Us-cert.gov Scams

FTC.gov Shopping Online

ID Theft Center Online Shopping

Victimconnect.org Financial Fraud

Us-cert.gov Tips

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

Verify Web Addresses 

FBI.gov Non-Delivery of Merchandise

FDIC.gov Consumer Scams