Sunday, July 7, 2013

How to report identity fraud

     Most adults know that email offers great potential for fraud.  Billions of such messages are sent daily.  The IRS alone, accounting to its website, has identified almost 33,000 forwarded scam e-mails, reflecting more than a thousand different incidents.  Investigations by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration have identified host sites in numerous countries, including Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, England, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia and the United States.  In the USA, if you believe you have received fraudulent messages, they should be reported.  You should also flag these as spam in your email package.

      Here are some organizations to contact:

·    The FBI:Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC).They work closely with their counterparts in other countries to identify, apprehend and close down the groups who are organizing these crimes.

·    The FTC: Federal Trade Commission.  If you believe that your personal information has been compromised or stolen, you should report the circumstances to the FTC National Resource for Identity Theft and visit their site to learn how you can minimize the damage.

     To assist the investigation, attach and send fake email messages to authorities.  Reporting fake messages to authorities helps in the effort to combat phishing schemes.  There’s information buried in the header of an email that technical experts require in order to flush out flush out fraud or abuse.  Without this documentation the experts may be unable to pursue an investigation.  Follow the steps below to send the full original header of the message you want to report.  Here are a few email addresses you can use to report suspicious email:

   (goes to Anti-Phishing Working Group)
   (goes to the FTC)
   (goes to MSN)
   (goes to Microsoft)
To report fraud outside the United States:
(China) Anti-Spam Organization
(Germany) Daten Schutz
(Hong Kong) OFTA
(Ireland) An Garda Síochána
(Malaysia) Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission
(Netherlands) Spam Vrij
(New Zealand)
(Northern Ireland)
            (Norway) Police Economic Crime Unit
(South Korea) Spam Cop
(United Kingdom) Office of Fair Trading and Metropolitan Police and
Thanks for this information go to, Canadian Bankers Assn. and the IRS.
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