As technology continues to grow and develop, the potential for con artists and scammers has also increased. Unfortunately, many consumers are often unaware that they have been victimized by an internet-related scam or may not realize that their actions online may have exposed them to fraud.
CyberFraud can take many forms. Often, consumers will recall filling out surveys that promised free coupons or that claimed to free prizes or gifts available. Many consumers will find unauthorized charges on either their landline or wireless phone bills or unauthorized debits from their credit cards or bank accounts without realizing the charges are internet-related. In many instances, the consumer has never heard of the company associated with the purchase.
The Attorney General’s Office has created a dedicated section to review, investigate and enforce penalties against companies or individuals taking advantage of consumers through internet-related fraud. The Attorney General’s CyberFraud Section generates many of its investigations through consumer complaints and referrals.
To file a complaint about internet-related or cyberfraud, please call the Attorney General’s Office at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226) or online here.
An additional resource for reporting Cyber Fraud is the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The IC3 was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a means to receive Internet related criminal complaints and to further research, develop, and refer the criminal complaints to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement and/or regulatory agencies for any investigation they deem to be appropriate. The IC3 was intended, and continues to emphasize, serving the broader law enforcement community to include federal, as well as state, local, and international agencies, which are combating Internet crime and, in many cases, participating in Cyber Crime Task Forces. Complaints can be filed online at: http://www.ic3.gov