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I'm a victim... Is there a way for me to get help?

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Unfortunately, I cannot myself really do much for you. Feel free to email me (see the Contact page.) Now there are people who do help customers who fall victim of scams in the United States and other countries.

Now if what you are looking for is a way to stop spam in your mailbox, what you are after may be a Greylist implementation. I use the one from XMailserver which I tweaked a bit to include a whitelist with large mail systems not quite up to date with these very old RFC about email... You can find more information here.

Otherwise, visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website (US only). They work with the FBI. They accept complaints if you have lost money because of an Internet scam. Look at the United States Secret Service that has been helping with Scam 419, but they seem to only help with money laundry now. You can also contact your Attorney General. Check out the list here: Full Contact List for the Attorneys General1.

If you are stolen some money, you can, since 2002, report it to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is a new Nigerian agency with the purpose of fighting the Scam 419. Note however that more and more of these scams are from other countries even when they reference and/or say that they are from Nigeria. If you simply want to report a scam email, send it to them at scam@efccnigeria.org. The following includes all the official contact info about this commission:

	Head Office

	Plot 1017 & 1018
	Coree Bay Crescent,
	Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent,
	Wuse II, Abuja.
	Tel: +234 (9) 6441000

	Abuja Office

	1 Ibrahim Taiwo road
	Aso Rock Villa
	PMB 166
	FCT Abuja,
	Nigeria.
	Tel: +234 (9) 3148070-74
	+234 (9) 3141791
	+234 (9) 6717419
	Fax: +234 (9) 3148074
	email: info@efccnigeria.org
	Scam Mails: scam@efccnigeria.org

	Lagos Office

	15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
	Tel : +234 (01) 2624189
	Tel : +234 (01) 4749419
	Tel : +234 (01) 2624187

If you have been robbed by white collars, then report it to the National White Collar Crime Center.

The biggest site in regard to anti-scam, different rip-off and other bad business practices is: http://www.ripoffreport.com. Be warn that this site is a dangerous tool. It has generated a lot of law suits and it goes on... so be careful. Defamation can be costly! Really, that site is very prolific and it will talk about many companies who don't mind using scam schemes to make money, for some, a lot of money (i.e. billions).

Another growing and good site to know about is scam.com.

A smaller site that described many of the biggest scams was the World Wide Scam.

Funny one from that Word Wide Scam website:
a private company asking you to buy their product so they can purchase a company from Costa Rica for US $50 million. Supposedly, these people know how to create petroleum or gas for less. Who knows...

The Better Business Bureau is also a solution. This is a non-profit organization which registers complaints. They can help you somewhat in legalize. But from what I have heard, they are not extremely effective.

Note that some people think about scam as the Nigerian 419 Scam—in link with all these robbers in Nigeria... There are much bigger scams right next door too and not totally legal. You can find many on the Rip-Off Report website.

If you want to read further about scams and where they come from, you probably want to read this page: Register of Known Spam Operations (ROKSO).

View this video with someone who knows it all... and especially how non-secure browsers are.

  • 1. The Attorney General list is not available anymore. At least not on the page where it was before.