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Why should you report a scam to the Federal Trade Commission?
Firstly, to be clear, while we do ask you to report a delivery scam to the Federal Trade Commission, The Scam Directory will not share your any of your information before first asking you. In the event that we are approached by media or law enforcement we may email you to pass contact information to you. Some non delivery scams deal with items which may be illegal in your country however we are here to stop scams, not to judge. That being said, the best way of stopping these scams is to report them to government agencies as they will invest money in stopping the scammers if they receive enough reports.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. Its principal mission is the promotion of consumer protection
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The Federal Trade Commission investigates and compiles evidence of every type of scam which targets American citizens. The FTC have created a tool called Sentinel to gather information on scams.
“The Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) is a unique investigative cyber tool that provides law enforcement members with access to millions of consumer complaints. Based on the premise that sharing complaint information can make law enforcement even more effective, CSN allows members to access consumer complaints submitted directly to the FTC, as well as to complaints shared by over 40 data contributors, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 20 State Attorneys General, and all North American Better Business Bureaus. Over 2,300 federal, state, local, and international law enforcement users have access to CSN, and hundreds of individual members access the system each week. State and local law enforcement can use it to view fraud at the county and town/city levels.”
The FTC will share your information. This means that the information you give will be used in every possible way to shut down these scammers. Their website states that:
“We [the FTC] 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. If we need to know more about your report, it helps us to have your contact information.
It works with the information that you, the consumer, reports to it. Non-delivery scams have been around since the beginning of the internet and has taken off in the past 5 years with the emergence of online shopping. If 90% of the people who have been scammed by these scams do not report them then they will never get the attentions they deserve.
Until non-delivery scams are exposed for what they are, they will continue to defraud consumers.
When you report a delivery scam to the Federal Trade Commission you help to create a better picture of who this scam targets, how much money the scammers steal and what resources the scammers are using to scam.
You may have been targeted, you may have lost money but by reporting these scams you are making a positive step towards stopping these criminals.
How to report a scam to the Federal Trade Commission
- Go to https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information
- Choose “Internet Services, Online Shopping or Computers” from the left hand menu.
- Choose “Online Shopping” as the sub-category.
- Complete all the information as fully and accurately as possible.
Take your time on this and read the instructions.
- Click the “Submit” button.
If you are not happy to report to the FTC you are still more than welcome to send us a report so that we can publish our findings on The Scam Directory.