Report a scam to the Federal Trade Commission

April 28, 2019
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Why should you report a scam to the Federal Trade Commission?

report a scam to the Federal Trade CommissionThe 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

To report a scam to the Federal Trade Commission click here:

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information

To be convinced of why you should file a report, continue reading……

Complaint investigations.

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. Please read our Privacy Policy to learn how we protect your personal information, and when we share it outside the FTC.”

It works with the information that you, the consumer, reports to it.
Pet scams have been around for years (I came across them over 10 years ago) but have never been as prevalent as they are today. 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 this scam is exposed for what it is it will continue to defraud consumers.
By reporting a 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

  1. Go to https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information
  2. Choose “Scams and Rip-offs” from the left hand menu.
  3. Choose “NO MATCH FOUND” as the sub-category.
  4. Complete all the information as fully and accurately as possible.
    Take your time on this and read the instructions.
  5. Click the “Submit” button.

Other places you should report Pet Scams to:

File an investigation with us

Your local Law Enforcment

Your bank or money transfer company

File a report with the Better Business Bureau


 

What to do next?

As well as reporting this to the Registrar it is very important to report this crime to your local Law Enforcment. We have compiled a list of Law Enforcement agencies worldwide.You can find a link (here) as well as reporting wire fraud using money transfer agencies (here).

If you live in the US it is important to report this scam to the BBB. Click here to see why. As well as the Better Business Bureau you should report this crime to the Federal Trade Commission. See Here

6 Responses

  1. IF ITS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE….ITS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
    You be the judge on this one…..
    Social Media site called “Nextdoor.” https://nextdoor.com/
    Its for neighbors to get together, share, sell good and services…. I sign up.
    See this ad yesterday:
    Today’s top posts
    _SELLING_2OO5_TOYOTA_TACOMA_FOR_$2OOO_
    full name was here, Northwest Van Nuys | Listed for my sister. For more info and pics text her at: irmadavis20@gmail.com (links to logon) – I see the ad – amazing – Selling for $2K – avg Blue Book is around $8K-$10K – I test the waters and sure enough….the truck is in Nebraska. Seller offers to pay shipping on top of ridiculous price….but gotta pay the $2K up front.

    First response email:
    Hi,
    Thank you for your interest in purchasing my 2005 Toyota Tacoma SR5. The reason I’m selling this truck way below market value, is because I’m serving in Offutt AFB, Nebraska but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period, so I don’t need it anymore at this time. I don’t want it get old in my garage, and I need to sell it before August 18th. The truck, is in pristine condition, clear title, no dents or dings. Always garaged, never abused or raced, 74,793 miles, gas fuel type, 4.0L V6 4WD engine and automatic transmission. If you are interested, it’s still available for sale and the price, as stated in the ad, is $2.000. Let me know if you are interested.

    I email with questions. Cordial. inquiries as to details, location, wanna see it in person, lit ‘er up, let ‘er run…crawl under it for leaks check…..usual.

    Here was the last response today from seller.
    “Hi again,
    As I’ve told you, at this moment I am in Offutt AFB, NE in a military base. I do a special training program each day, and we are not allowed to use phone line or get out of the unit, during training, otherwise I would have called you and seal the deal on phone. At the moment, email works best for me. The truck is already at our Offutt Air Force Base Library form Offutt AFB, NE sealed and ready to go. The delivery process will be managed by me. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days. It will come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 5 days testing period after delivery. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (full name, shipping address and phone number), so we can get the ball rolling.
    Thank you”

    Thoughts?

    Reply
    • Hi, unfortunately we only deal with paid-for websites used by petscammers but here is a bit of general advice for you. Get the individual to send you a video with the product you are concerned over and a sheet of paper with the date/your name written on in the video. The best way to deal with non-delivery scams is to get them to prove their product.

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  2. I’ve filled multiple reports on the BobEnglishBulldogPlace website, multiple times, and yet nothing has been done about! I’ve contacted multiple agencies about them, and yet their website is still up and running! What else is there that I can personally do to get them permanently shut down?

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  3. We got scammed out of $1,100 for two Golden Retriever puppies (Nathan and Megan) from http://www.homesteadretiever.com. Sent the money through our bank and the Zellepay App to chriswilliamsjob@gmail.com. Guy called us from (501) 651-1709 (Envoy/Voice Over App) and said he was John. Gave us a Wells Fargo Bank account number of 5274008167 and a routing number of 06200080 in the name of Jeff W Brown (John’s Son) if we wanted to do a direct deposit. they list their address as Homestead Retriever Family, 14067 Pyramid Drive, Rogers, Arkansas 72758, Tel: +1-(501) 830-4573. Claimed they were shipping puppies via American Airlines Stand-by to our local airport. Puppies never came after several attempts and demanded a refund to which they supposedly agreed. No puppies and no refund. We contacted the Arkansas BBB and the FTC. We have also started a criminal case through our local law enforcement agency.

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  4. hi, i just been scammed

    the site is Ea Tradingoptions.com from trusted spots in facebook i lost 2000 usd they stolen fromme in there scam site ea tradingoptions.com…
    i have all everything you need to find them in what they have done. how do i report this

    Reply

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