Reporting Scams - Who deals with what?

Depending on the country you live in, you need to contact different organizations. In most cases, with will be your local 'High Tech Crimes Unit' (Ask your local police authority if they have one). In the US, there are a surprisingly large number of different Governmental and non-Governmental Agencies that have claim responsibility for investigating, managing and prosecuting Internet Fraud. The Secret Service and the US Post Office are on this list, along with the FBI and FCC, and many you probably have never heard of. The best bet is to find the one that most matches your complaint and work down the list.

Get your problem to the right people, quick enough and you may just help to get some of these people put away!

If you just want to let everyone know about a scam that you've encountered, log it with the Scamdex Scam Tip Logger. We'll make sure the word gets around!

Anti-Scam Resources (who you gonna call?)

New! Scamdex is creating a community database of scam-fighting resources and needs help in adding information to it. Please go to the Scam Resource Database and help out.
Link to FTC
Federal Trade Commission
The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection investigates companies or organizations involved in Internet scams. While the FTC does not resolve individual consumer problems, your complaint helps them investigate fraud, and can lead to law enforcement action. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel®, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies worldwide.
Call toll-free:   1-877-FTC-HELP    |    TTY: 1-866-653-4261
Lottery, Phishing, Advance-Fee
US Secret Service
US Secret Service
The Secret Service investigates crimes associated with financial institutions. Today, this jurisdiction includes bank fraud, access device fraud involving credit and debit cards, telecommunications and computer crimes, fraudulent identification, fraudulent government and commercial securities, and electronic funds transfer fraud.
To file a complaint or to get free information, visit or call
spacespace(202) 406-5708
US Postal Inspection Service
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service, empowered by federal laws and regulations to investigate and enforce over 200 federal statutes related to crimes against the U.S. Mail, the Postal Service and its employees. Postal Inspectors investigate any crime in which the U.S. Mail is used to further a scheme, whether it originated in the mail, by telephone or on the Internet. The use of the U.S. Mail is what makes it a mail fraud issue.

If you feel you've been victimized in a mail fraud scheme that in any way involves the U.S. Mail, submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Classified, Advance-Fee, Phishing

The Department of State's mission is to create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community. As part of that mission, the Department of State seeks to minimize the impact of international crime, including cross-border internet scams, on the United States and its citizens.

Read their guide to Avoiding Advancefee Fraud.


National White Collar Crme Center (NW3C)

The IFCC is a partnership between the FBI and NW3C and it's mission it to address fraud committed over the Internet.

For victims of Internet fraud, IFCC provides a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of a suspected criminal or civil violation. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at all levels, IFCC offers a central repository for complaints related to Internet fraud, works to quantify fraud patterns, and provides timely statistical data of current fraud trends.



(Internet Fraud Complaint Center/Internet Crime Complaint Center)

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Consumers League
Association of
Attorneys General
Business Bureaus

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Canada Competition Bureau
The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency in Canada that investigates anti-competitive practices and promotes compliance with the laws under its jurisdiction. To file a complaint or to get free information, visit or call toll-free, spsp1-800-348-5358sp. The Bureau has the ability to refer criminal matters to the Attorney General of Canada, who then decides whether to prosecute before the courts.

Lottery, Phishing

Competition and

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission encourages vigorous competition in the marketplace and enforces consumer protection and fair trading laws. To file a complaint or to get more information, visit The ACCC advocates consultation and negotiation as the first and best option to settle disputes, but once the ACCC pursues legal action any sort of mediation becomes less likely.

Lottery, Phishing
The United Kingdom's Office of Fair Trading is responsible for making markets work well for consumers. They protect and promote consumer interests throughout the United Kingdom, while ensuring that businesses are fair and competitive. To file a complaint or to get free information, visit or send an email to
Lottery, Phishing, Classifieds

If you think you may have responded to a cross-border scam, file a complaint at, a project of 20 countries of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network. Then visit the FTC's identity theft website at While you can't completely control whether you will become a victim of identity theft, you can take some steps to minimize your risk.

If you've responded to a "Nigerian" scheme, contact your local Secret Service field office using contact information from the Blue Pages of your telephone directory, or from

In addition, report telemarketing fraud and check overpayment scams to your state Attorney General, using contact information at

Report unsolicited email offers to — including offers inviting you to participate in a foreign lottery, looking for help getting money out of a foreign country, or asking you to wire back extra funds from a check you received.

If you receive what looks like lottery material from a foreign country through the postal mail, give it to your local postmaster.

To file a report about Identity Theft, please use the Identity Theft Complaint Form. is a place where you can report ANY injustice that has been done to you through companies. Been Scammed? Help Us to Help You! First aid for fraud victims

... And yet more Scam Resources! (Mostly 419 types)

  1. (US)
  2. 419 Coalition (US)
  4. 419 Fraud (US)
  5. 419 Legal (South Africa)
  6. 419 Warnings (US)
  7. American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) (US)
  8. Anti African Scam Commission
  9. Artists Against 419
  10. Australian Institute of Criminology
  11. (US)
  12. Brian Wizard Inc. - 419 Novel Available Now - (US)
  13. (US)
  14. California Society of Certified Public Accountants (US)
  15. Classic Car Fair (New Zealand)
  16. (US)
  17. Crimes of Persuasion (US)
  18. Data Wales (Wales, UK)
  19. eBay Scamkillers (US)
  20. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Nigeria)
  21. (Nigeria)
  22. Email Scams and Frauds (US)
  23. Fighting back at Nigerian 419 Advance Fee Fraud Scammers (UK)
  24. Financial Crimes Task Force of Southwestern Pennsylvania (US)
  25. Financial Scandals Website (UK)
  26. (US)
  27. FraudAid (US)
  28. Fraud, Phishing, and Financial Misdeeds (US)
  29. (US)
  30. G2 (US)
  31. Globrocks Information Systems (US)
  32. (US)
  33. (US)
  34. I Need a Trustworthy and Honest Business Partner (Denmark)
  35. Industrial Power Generation Ltd. (US)
  36. InterGOV (US)
  37. International Investigation Services (IIS) (Iceland)
  38. Internet Crime Complaint Center (US) [Formerly the IFCC]
  39. Internet Crime Prevention and Control Institute (US)
  40. Internet Love Scams (US)
  41. Internet Scambusters E-Zine (US)
  42. Involution.Org (US)
  43. Is This A Scam? (US)
  44. Lads Of Lagos (US)
  45. London Metropolitan Police (UK)
  46. Loss Prevention Concepts Ltd. (US)
  47. Mayra Fernandez' site (US) (US)
  48. Ministry of Fair Trading, Government of Western Australia
  49. Money From Africa Letter Collection (Poland)
  50. Monitor das Fraudes (Brazil-Portuguese Language)
  51. Monks of Adoration (US)
  52. Motherland Nigeria (US)
  53. Mr. Ugo Watt's Scam Baiter Pages (UK)
  54. National Association of Credit Management (NACM) (US)
  55. National Criminal Intelligence Service (UK)
  56. National Fraud Information Center - Internet Fraud Watch (US)
  57. National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) (US)
  58. NExTWeb Security (US)
  59. Nigeria 419 Scam (US)
  60. Nigeria Master Web (Nigeria)
  61. Nigerian Business Proposal (.com) (US)
  62. Nigerian Fraud Email Gallery (US)
  63. (US)
  64. Nigerian Letters (Australia)
  65. Nigeria Master Web (Nigeria)
  66. Nigerian Nightmare (US)
  67. Nigerian Scams (WONST) (US)
  68. Nigerian (India)
  69. Offshore Finance Canada Magazine/Ezine (Canada)
  70. PeaceProject (US)
  71. Pennsylvania Attorney General (US)
  72. Phonebusters (Canada)
  73. Pillows and (US)
  74. Policia Judiciaria (Portugal-Portuguese language)
  75. Poppage1 Site (Canada-India)
  76. (US)
  77. Quatloos! (US)
  78. (Brazil-Portuguese Language)
  79. Regulatory Intelligence Agency (RIA) (Vanuatu)
  80. Richards' Realm - The World in Focus (France)
  81. Romance Scam 419 Yahoo Group (US)
  82. RCMP/GRC Royal Canadian Mounted Police (English & French language)
  83. (US)
  84. (UK)
  85. (US)
  86. (US)
  87. Scam Hunter (US)
  88. Scam o Rama (US)
  89. Scam Patrol
  90. (US)
  91. ScamWatch (US)
  92. Scam Victims United (US)
  93. Scott Bidstrup Site - Onsite Personal Viewpoint on Nigeria (US)
  94. Senior Action Coalition (US)
  95. (Sierra Leone)
  96. Silicon Valley Business Law (Law Offices of Thomas Gross) (US)
  97. Urban Legends Reference Pages (US)
  98. South African Police Service (SAPS) (South Africa)
  99. Southwest Georgia Com (SOWEGA.COM) (US)
  100. Spam, Scams and Hoaxes (US)
  101. Spoof Killers (US)
  102. (US)
  103. Stop 419s (UK)
  104. StorOslo Sikkerhetstjeneste AS (Norway)
  105. Svensk 419/Nigeriabrev-site (Sweden-Swedish Language)
  106. The Big Scam (Sweden)
  107. The Freeman Institute (US)
  108. The Internet Project (TIP) (Australia)
  109. The Nigerian Scam Buster
  110. The Nigerian Muse (Dr. Mobolaji Aluko) (US & Nigeria)
  111. (US)
  112. (US)
  113. Travel Library (US)
  114. Truly Nigerian (Nigeria)
  115. (US)
  116. Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations (Netherlands)
  117. United Nigeria Association Tulsa (UNAT) (US)
  118. United States Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
  119. United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section
  120. United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
  121. United States Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
  122. United States Department of the Treasury FinCEN
  123. United States Embassy Nigeria
  124. United States Federal Bureau of Investigation
  125. United States Federal Trade Commision
  126. United States National Archives and Records Administration
  127. United States Postal Service
  128. United States Secret Service
  129. United States Senator Russ Feingold
  130. (Germany)
  131. Venture Research Institute (US)
  132. Victim Resource Center (US)
  133. War On Spam (US)
  134. Waruno Mahdi's Website (Germany)
  135. Web Police (US)
  136. (US)
  137. (UK)

Other Anti-Scammer Organizations

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (