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As more and more people around the world log onto the Internet, incidents of fraud continue to increase. Many of the fraud schemes already present in the "real" world can now be found on the Internet -- fraudulent investment offerings, multi-level marketing schemes and failure-to-render scams (a favorite of unprincipled participants of online auctions). The crucial difference in fraud committed over the Internet is that the perpetrator can "virtually" vanish, pulling down a Web site in seconds, leaving consumers wondering who or where to turn to for help.
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) Web site provides a way for victims of Internet fraud to report online frauds to the appropriate law enforcement and regulatory authorities. IFCC was created by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center and has input from the U.S. Postal Service and the Internal Revenue Service. Its goals are to:
Complaints filed through the IFCC Web site are tabulated and referred to law enforcement/regulatory agencies for possible investigation. If you believe you are a victim of Internet fraud, click here to report the incident.
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This article was posted on October 15, 2000.