How To Report Email Fraud & Spam To Authorities

nigerianscams thumb   How To Report Email Fraud & Spam To AuthoritiesA few months ago, I did an article about popular types of email fraud and spam. Well today I want to take a look at how to act on some of the more serious scams and how to report email fraud that we all get in our inboxes regularly.

Unfortunately, even though the Internet is worldwide there is no real organisation which will deal with small, individual cases at an international level. That is left to national and local levels.

In this article I will show you some of the most popular agencies to contact depending on your location and other avenues to explore when you report email fraud.

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United States Of America & Canada

Given its population, hi-tech lifestyle and global position, the US and its citizens are often the prime targets for scammers and fraudsters, often based far away in countries such as Nigeria, which has become popular for its email scams as discussed in my previous post.

The FBI and FTC are two agencies you should forward any suspicious emails onto which you think may be frauds or just threats to security in general. Uce@ftc.gov is the email address. The FBI also runs a collaboration with the National White Collar Crime Centre and the Bureau of Justice Assistance to form IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Centre). You can report Internet and email fraud there.

In Canada, concerned users can contact the Better Business Bureau (for corporate claims) and their local police for other scams.

Europe

Europe is quite similar as a target for scammers as again, it’s wealthy, powerful and home to dozens of different police districts and nations which makes stopping scams even harder. Each nation has different agencies which you can contact. Some of the most popular are listed below.

For all other countries without specific fraud investigative units (or those I couldn’t find due to the language barrier) you should log on to your nation’s police force website for more information.

Asia-Pacific

There are also plenty of Chinese email scams circulating such as fake online stores which send out catalogue emails as well as some 419 scams. Here are a list of some of the bigger countries in the region as well as information about where to forward or report email fraud.

China ““ Anti-Spam Organisation or CCert

Hong Kong ““ OFTA

South Korea ““ Spam Cop and Korean Response Centre

Malaysia -  Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission

New Zealand ““ NZ Serious Fraud Commission and Commerce Commission

Australia ““ Australia Scamwatch and ACMA SPAM Reporting Service

Alternative Reporting Methods

There are two other ways in which you can report spam and fraudulentcartoon detectiv   How To Report Email Fraud & Spam To Authorities emails in order to help win the battle against these scammers. Seeing as many scams try to affiliate themselves with, or impersonate a company, it’s wise to forward any such emails to the company in question.

Most large businesses will have special divisions set up to deal with these kinds of claims and will have information available on their website. A good example is PayPal who frequently have fraudsters impersonating them in emails and as such have set up an anti-fraud department.

Also, some scammers will target banks or government institutions. I remember one case recently in my country when a fraudulent email circulated impersonating the national tax revenue office trying to scam people. These kinds of emails should be reported at once as they can often rob businesses of sensitive information or even rob their money.

Another way of reporting email fraud is to inform the scammers ISP or email provider what their services are being used for. Seeing as many email providers (especially Hotmail and Gmail) have been targeted by hackers and scammers themselves, they don’t take lightly to people or “˜bots’ using hoax accounts set up on their servers to circulate fraud emails. You will be able to find exact contact details for their provider on their website (here’s Gmail’s).

Until we have cleansed the world of scammers, we must rely on PC security programs and our own wits to stop ourselves being scammed. For more information on how these reported emails are dealt with on an international level, I recommend checking out this section on Interpol’s website.

How have you been able to deal with email spam?  Do you just ignore it or do you report it?  What experiences have you had when you reported it?  Let us know in the comments.

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Scott

Excellent information. If we would all take the time to report these guys, maybe we could make it unprofitable and not worth the hassle. Take a look at my last blog post – “The Day I Spanked a Spammer”.

Scott

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msolution

Theres another good site which keeps track of 419 scams, which is worth a visit, http://www.aa419.org,

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Kenneth Lam

HONGKONG’s OFTA is not responsibile for the SPAM EMAIL. All the email sent to them regarding SPAM EMAIL will be replied with a official reply telling you to consult other professional body.

OFTA is one of the department of HKG and they act like most of the other departments … do less and have done less things wrong.

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msolution

Theres another good site which keeps track of 419 scams, which is worth a visit, http://www.aa419.org,

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Aarne

For Estonia right authority to report Spam is Estonian Data Protection Inspectorate. Their e-mail address is info@aki.ee. They work slowly but if you happen to have problem with Estonian spammer it’s the right place to start.

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tinytox

I called the “guardia Civil” one of our police forces here in Spain to report a spam attempt with phone calls from China and was told well, don’t fall for it — they didn’t take any information on the scammers

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Martin

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