For those of you who have been scammed, there is nothing worse than feeling defeated by the crooks that lied, cheated and stole your hard earned money. Most people become an identity theft victim because identity thieves know just where and how to take advantage of your situation; but it doesn’t have to be like this.
Learn to fight against identity theft
Fighting against scams that can lead to identity theft requires you to be informed and know where to go for information when you encounter possible fraud. One source known as Scambook is the world’s largest forum where you can go to file a complaint against a business; in addition to research a company before you decide to do business with them.
Scambook not only takes complaints from consumers but will also contact the business to attempt to find a resolution as well as seek answers that could explain why you were ripped off. Ultimately, Scambook is a forum where potential victims can join together to spread awareness and help fight against scams and identity theft.
Make the choice to be aware
The more you know the better off you are since cyber criminals use the same type of scam repeatedly by only switching the name of the business. Many of us are off guard and may not know that identity thieves and hackers develop a pattern to steal your money, stick to it and hope you will never catch on. With Scambook you can browse for the latest scams, search a company you are thinking about working with and file a complaint, so that other people will know what’s happening. To visit Scambook go to http://www.scambook.com/
Gather information to protect your identity
The FBI provides a wealth of information on their scam and safety webpage which highlights information and education on the various types of scams, internet safety and links to outside sources that can help you steer clear of identity theft. A direct link to this page is http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/
One website recommended by the FBI is the lookstoogoodtobetrue site which offers information on the different types of fraud, current scams taking place, victim stories and help with knowing how and when to file a complaint. You can also find information on how to keep your kids safe from identity theft. To visit this site, go to http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/index.aspx
Internet safety is not easy nor does it come natural, so be sure to have your firewall and virus protection on at all times. If you are a resident of Santa Ana or anywhere else, to file a complaint on an internet scam be sure to visit the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
You can also visit the Santa Ana Economic Crime Unit for information on the different types of fraud handled by visiting, http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/pd/economiccrimes.asp If you do file a report with the local Santa Ana Police Department and an officer tells you that the identity theft scam is not in their jurisdiction, please visit the following site for cross border complaints at http://www.econsumer.gov/
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