Extortion

You provided payments, property, or services to someone as a result of threats, coercion or blackmail. If you or someone you know is currently in danger, please contact your local law enforcement authorities IMMEDIATELY.

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.


Report abuse on these platforms

Facebook

Twitter

Google Avoid and Report Scams

Instagram

Snapchat Safety Center

 

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 or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 for help

If you’ve wired money to a scam artist, call the money transfer company immediately to report the fraud and file a complaint. 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 your local FBI office to see if they are able to help. Many factors will contribute to whether or not they can get involved.

Contact your State Consumer Protection Office for help

Extortion E-mail Schemes information from IC3

Call the Cyber Civil Rights crisis hotline

Contact the VictimConnect Resource Center by phone at 1-855-484-2846 or by chat on the website for more information or assistance in locating services that can help with financial fraud.

Documentation Tips for Survivors of Technology Abuse & Stalking

Manage privacy settings for online accounts with this list from Staysafeonline.org

Senior Financial Fraud

For domestic violence victims impacted by financial abuse contact National Network to End Domestic Violence

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.



What is revenge porn? and FAQs and more FAQs

Learn More about Having Naked Pictures Taken Off the Internet

Create a Technology Safety Plan

Teen Sexting Research

How to Avoid Bitcoin Scam

10 Scams Targeting Bank Customers

Extortion E-mail Schemes information from IC3