The Internet is one more avenue scammers can use to separate you from your money. Fortunately, you can choose to educate yourself on common tricks and how to separate legitimate businesses from fakes.
PREVENTING INTERNET FRAUD
- Looks Too Good to Be True Educational resources to help prevent you from becoming a victim of an Internet fraud scheme.
- OnGuard Online Comprehensive site provided by a group of federal agencies to help citizens guard against fraud, secure your computer, and protect personal information.
- Internet Schemes Tips provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigations on how to protect yourself and your family from various forms of Internet fraud.
- Internet Crime Complaint Center A federal resource for you to consult and/or file criminal complaints regarding cyber crime. Provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.
- FBI on the Internet
Top 3 Ways to Avoid Internet Fraud
- Do business with companies that you know and trust. Use the Better Business Bureau to identify fraudulent or “problem” companies before you buy.
- Be wary of Internet scams. Auctions, “work at home” offers, advance fee loans, chain letters, travel offers, credit repair offers, and online investment opportunities should always be thoroughly researched before you provide any personal or financial information.
- Report fraudulent activities promptly. Report online scams or fraud to the Federal Trade Commission, Attorney General, auction site operators, or other appropriate personnel as soon as possible.