Support for Victims of Scams

Other related sites include:

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:

Cyber Love’s Illusions: The Healing Journey
by Anna Alden-Tirrill (Author), Jon Van Helsing (Author), Tom Mack (Contributor)
Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: White Cottage Publishing Co. (May 3, 2010)


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’.

OrganisationDescription
In Australia 
ScamwatchAustralian 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. (now defunct) http://www.scamnet.wa.gov.au/scamnet/Fight_Back-Project_Sunbird.htm

Seniors Online Security Project, Queensland PoliceCommunity 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
ACORNAustralian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network, for reporting all types of cybercrime, including online dating fraud (Now defunct)
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
Overseas:

 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 FraudUK: 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.
WebVarious sites collecting information about scams and scammers.
 www.romancescam.com www.male-scammers.com
 www.Romancescams.org www.stop-scammers.com
 www.scamdigger.com
 www.scamwarners.com
  www.scamsurvivors.com (especially for sextortion)
 There are many other sites.  Google gave About 806,000 results for ‘Romance Scams’.  Feel free to undertake further research.

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