It’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between reputable online sellers and criminals who use the Internet to rob people.
The Internet offers a global marketplace for consumers and businesses. But crooks also recognize the potentials of cyberspace. The same scams that have been conducted by mail and phone can now be found on the World Wide Web and in email, and new cyberscams are emerging.
If you are a victim or attempted victim of Internet fraud, it’s important to report the scam quickly so that law enforcement agencies can shut the fraudulent operations down.
To report Internet fraud, you can contact the Federal Trade Commission: (877) FTC-HELP (877-382-4357 or www.ftc.gov). You can also contact Internet Fraud Watch (www.fraud.org).