Both the USA and Canada host sites dedicated to providing information about internet frauds and scams.
From the USA.gov site:
- Avoiding Internet Investment Fraud
Find out how to protect yourself from fraud while investing on the Internet and obtain information about safe online trading.
- Cyber Crime Information
Obtain general information from the Department of Justice about cybercrimes and how to protect yourself. Also find information about legal and policy issues surrounding cybercrimes.
- FBI Kids’ Page – Internet Safety Tips
Get advice from the FBI on how to be safe when using the Internet.
- FBI Warning about False FBI E-mails
Read this warning about false e-mails that claim to be from the FBI, but contain the w32/sober virus.
- Financial Crimes (International)
Read this State Department brouchure about common internet schemes that originate overseas, like the Gorgeous People in Trouble, Long-Lost Inheritance, Work Permit schemes and more. (.PDF | requires Adobe Acrobat Reader )
- Identity Theft: Trends and Issues
View current trends in consumer fraud and identity theft. The trends are based on consumer fraud and identity theft complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and over 60 U.S. and Canadian federal, state, and non-governmental organizations.
- Identity Theft Information
Visit the U.S. government’s central website for information about identity theft.
- Internet Do’s and Don’ts for Kids
Kids can find the do’s and don’ts of using the Internet on this Department of Justice kids’ site.
- Internet Protection Information for Consumers and Businesses
View documents from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that can help you protect yourself or your business against internet fraud.
- Kids’ Privacy and the Internet
Parents, teachers, and children can learn about protecting kids’ privacy while using the Internet.
- Personal Information and Computer Security
Information security tips from the Federal Trade Commission.
- Phishing Scams
Learn to not get hooked by “phishing” scams that use spam or pop-up messages to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information.
Spyware software monitors or controls your computer use. It may send you pop-up ads, redirect your computer to websites, monitor your Internet surfing, or record your keystrokes, which could lead to identity theft.
- Statistical Data and Reports on Internet Fraud
Get timely information on fraud. These statistics are based on complaints received from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, a joint partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.
The Canadian Government (through the RCMP) provides:
- Personal Information and Scams Protection – A Canadian Practical Guide
- Personal Information and Scams Protection: A Student Practical Guide
Identity Theft and Identity Fraud
Theft or misrepresentation of personal information for fraudulent purposes
Advance Fee Fraud
Fraud which requires a payment before delivery of service
Online Auction Fraud
Fraud perpetrated through purchases on-line or peer- to-peer
Fraud associated with investments impacting a person or company
Frauds associated with counterfeit currency or payment cards
- Auto-dial programs
- Business Opportunity to Become the “Middleman”
- Charitable donations
- Charitable donations – RCMP Fallen Members
- Common Experience Payments – Indian Residential School Legacy
- Items for Sale and Overpayment of Goods
- Pentagono Scheme
- Ponzi Schemes
- Pyramid Schemes
- Technological Crime (Cyber Security Tips)
- Telephone Fraud
- ABC’s of Fraud – Online Fraud Quiz
- PhoneBusters – Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre is the national deceptive telemarketing call centre, operated by the Ontario Provincial Police.
- Reporting Economic Crime Online (RECOL) – Initiative that involves an integrated partnership between International, Federal and Provincial Law Enforcement agencies.