A growing epidemic in the world today is the Online Romance Scam.Generally, a victim is contacted by someone online through various social media or a legitimate dating website.The victim and the scammer create an online relationship.While the victim may become suspicious overtime, the scammer lures them in with pictures, hardships, promises, excitement, and claims of love.Eventually, the scammer will ask for help, for various reasons, involving the victim sending money.After the scammer gets all the money they can from the victim, the scammer drops communication, leaving the victim dumbfounded, hurt, confused, and out of a lot of money, which is rarely recovered.So, what can you do if you've found yourself in Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance?
Click on the links below if you need help to report an Online Romance Scam. The Internet Crime Complaint Center Report the theft to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) (FBI-NW3C Partnership).
The Dangerous Side an IC3 warning Federal Trade Commission Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission.
The FTC’s updated resources explain how to protect your information and how to respond if it’s stolen.
Phone: 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338) or TTY, 1-866-653-4261Mailing Address: Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580Federal Trade Commission on Nigerian Scams E-mail Address: [email protected] Intelligence Public Intelligence is an international, collaborative research project aimed at aggregating the collective work of independent researchers around the globe who wish to defend the public’s right to access information.
E-mail Address to report information: [email protected] Criminal Investigative Service is the federal law enforcement agency charged with conducting investigations of felony-level offenses affecting the Navy and Marine Corps.