Increasingly, I note that police and fraud organisations are saying they are working more closely with other organisations around the world to identify, apprehend and successfully prosecute scammers.
Support for scam victims includes the following:
- Reporting: ACORN The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network. This is an national policing initiative that allows cybercrime victims to easily and instantly report cases of criminal activity online, as well as providing information on how to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals.
- Websites: Sites such as www.romancescams.org running open Chat forums. See also Facebook pages. [make sure you are not logged in under your own name]
- Support Groups: Police organisations running support groups, as in Queensland Australia, and WA.
- ID Theft: Organisations such as IDCARE supporting those who may have compromised their IDs, and pages such as those from Comparitech with a full step by step guide of what to do if you think your ID is compromised. [scroll down for Australian info. Also links to comprehensive fraud protection and technical info.]
- Blogs: Blogs such as Scams of the Heart. http://scamsoftheheart.blogspot.com.au/ This blog is a ‘must read’ for those impacted by scams, deriving much of its information from the yahoo group forum (now closed). Though not so active currently, it is well worth reading through the older topics as they are very relevant.
- Books: such as:
Organisations dealing with scammers
Some of the organisations I have known about appear below. There may be more as this list is not exhaustive.
For your local response agencies, I suggest you Google or web search the topic ‘internet dating scam’ or ‘internet romance scam’.
|Scamwatch||Australian Government website on all types of scams http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ . See content under Dating and Romance Scams. This is part of the ACCC.|
|Project Sunbird, WA||Government of Western Australia, Project Sunbird is a joint Project between WA Police Major Fraud Squad and Department of Commerce, to identify and prevent consumer fraud in Western Australia. http://www.scamnet.wa.gov.au/scamnet/Fight_Back-Project_Sunbird.htm|
|Seniors Online Security Project, Queensland Police||Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch and the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group, conducting research with seniors with Dr Cassandra Cross. The Seniors Online Security package, was done in under the auspices of the PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Clubs) Queensland. The resources are only available through the WA Project Sunbird site.http://www.scamnet.wa.gov.au/scamnet/Fight_Back-Project_Sunbird-Seniors_Online_Security.htm|
|ACORN||Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network, for reporting all types of cybercrime, including online dating fraud https://report.acorn.gov.au/|
|Stay Smart Onine||Stay Smart Online is a government site covering all things about internet security. Also on Facebook, and have an email alert mechanism|
Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3)
USA: FBI Agency. The central reporting portal for the US regarding internet crime complaints http://www.ic3.gov/
|Canadian Anti Fraud Centre (CAFC)||Canada: A call centre for victims of fraud across Canada http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/english/index.html|
|Action Fraud||UK: ActionFraud is the central reporting agency. http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ The National Fraud Authority (NFA) previously listed here no longer exists. It was abolished a few years ago and their functions were subsumed by the National Crime Agency (the enforcement part anyway). Both of these agencies are online as well as having a call centre. They deal with all types of fraud including online and are based within the City of London Police.|
|Web||Various sites collecting information about scams and scammers.|
|There are many other sites. Google gave About 806,000 results for ‘Romance Scams’. Feel free to undertake further research.|