Online Fraud

Both the USA and Canada host sites dedicated to providing information about internet frauds and scams.

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From the USA.gov site:

Learning about Internet Fraud
  • 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
    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.

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The Canadian Government (through the RCMP) provides:

Resource
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

Investment Fraud

Fraud associated with investments impacting a person or company

Counterfeit

Frauds associated with counterfeit currency or payment cards

Crime Stoppers Phone

Other
 Links
  • 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.