Scammed? What next?

Being scammed is a horrible feeling. Unfortunately in Cryptocurrency space there are many people willing to do what it takes to relieve you of your Cryptocurrency. And as it is a minor market, emerging technology, irretrievable and not monitored or regulated, there is very little recourse for compensation. Everyone has to take responsibility for their own coins and wallets (check out my blog post on Security and Storing Cryptocurrencies to help stay safe).

Common types of scams are listed in my blog post Scams here. Tips before investing in a platform (to help with Due Diligence) is found in my blog post Signs of Online Scams here.

Steps to take

There are steps you can take to report crimes and to alert people. The chances of having financial compensation is very low although you may be able to claim it on your tax return. At least this goes some way to alerting the authorities to the extent that people are being affected by scams and can prevent others being similarly scammed.
  • Report to an official agency (or several)
  • Post your experiences online
  • Use social media
  • Contact mutual connections or people thinking of investing with them
  • Report to Scam listing websites/social media platforms/groups or forums

Agencies to report a scam to

Below is a list of agencies where you can report cybercrime. You can report to multiple agencies. Always report to the first, econsumer, since they liaise with many agencies worldwide. If you are able to report to all or many of the agencies listed below this is even better.

Agency contact details

International https://www.econsumer.gov/en/Home/FileAComplaint/1#crnt International Consumer Protection link ******************* Europe – links for every European country here ****************** British https://www.fca.org.uk/consum…/report-scam-unauthorised-firm ****************** Canada http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/rep-sig-eng.htm ****************** USA FTC link FBI link SEC https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx https://www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.aspx https://www.sec.gov/tcr https://www.sec.gov/oiea/Complaint.html SEC California link California direct Maryann.smith@dbo.ca.gov https://csiworld.org/report-cybercrime ****************** Australia https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam ASIC – Financial advice or investment scams including the sale of unregistered securities by unauthorised parties. ACORN – Reporting Cyber Crime. ****************** New Zealand Netsafe – all scams https://www.netsafe.org.nz/report/ SFO What they don’t cover https://www.sfo.govt.nz/other-types-of-fraud-what-we-dont-do ****************** FBI Headquarters 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001 (202) 324-3000 If you need to report internet scam in the U.K please contact UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting center Action Fraud (AF). To report a fraud using your telephone please call: 0300 123 2040 Text phone users:  0300 123 2050 If you need to report an internet scam in Canada please contact Canadian anti fraud Center (CAFC) Toll free number : 1-888-495-8501 Take power back! Help prevent others falling into the same hands. To get further information on scams join my Scam group on Facebook here.   If you do find yourself a victim of a scam learn from it. Educate yourself and share the knowledge you have gained. Know yourself, learn about your risk tolerance here and make sure in the future you have a solid withdrawal strategy. You can learn about strategies here.
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