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An Action Guide on What to do When You Have Been Scammed

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It is so easy to fall for their sales pitches. I know, even after writing for my site I still find some of the advertisings tempting. But then, after listening to their lies you did the unthinkable and paid money for their service . . . and ended up with a bunch of nothing.

You're mad, now it's time to get even. No, I don't suggest you bomb the company. I suggest you put them out of business legally. There are lots agencies out there that are designed to do it for you. Contact every single one of them. Use your anger to fuel your fire. You'll find some satisfaction in knowing that while they may have gotten your money, it's the last they'll ever get from consumers.

1. Contact your credit card company, bank, or Paypal (whatever method you used to pay). See if they can stop payment or at least prevent any future charges from the con artist.

2. Contact the Better Business Bureau. File a complaint. Follow up on the complaint if the company doesn't. Make sure others are warned.

3. Contact your Attorney General and the Attorney General in the state the company is in along with your local consumer protection agency. Don't know who your attorney general is? Go to the National Association of Attorneys General.

4. Contact the Federal Trade Commission. Although the FTC does not handle individual complaints, they are on the lookout for patterns of deception and unfair practices.


5. Contact the National Fraud Information Center if this was a "get rich quick" or "easy money" scheme and your local U.S. Postal Inspection Service if you recieved the offer in the mail. File complaints with both organizations.

6. Report the company to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). Although they don't have a searchable database, it is a good place to go if you find yourself a victim of internet fraud.

7. Warn others through use of sites like Scam.com and Ripoff Report. At least it will give you a chance to vent and commiserate with others who fell for the same scheme.

8. Forgive yourself for believing everyone was honest. Don't feel bad for seeing the world through rose colored glasses. Some call it being gullible; I call it being optimistic.

 

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