PONZI/PYRAMID SCAMS

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator, an individual or organization, pays returns to its investors from new capital paid to the operators by new investors, rather than from profit earned by the operator.Ponzi or pyramid schemes are investment scams in which investors are promised abnormally high profits on their investments. No investment is actually made. Early investors are paid returns with the investment money received from the later investors. The system usually collapses. The later investors do not receive dividends and lose their initial investment

PONZI/PYRAMID

  •  If the “opportunity” appears too good to be true, it probably is.
  •  Beware of promises to make fast profits.
  •  Exercise diligence in selecting investments.
  • Be vigilant in researching with whom you choose to invest.
  • Make sure you fully understand the investment prior to investing.
  • Be wary when you are required to bring in subsequent investors.
  • Independently verify the legitimacy of any investment.
  • Beware of references given by the promoter.
If you think you are a victim of a PONZI/PYRAMID SCAM , Contact the FBI  Internet Crime Complaint center

When Filing a Complaint with the IC3

The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant. We can best process your complaint if we receive accurate and complete information from you. Therefore, we request that you provide the following information

when filing a complaint: Please include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your telephone number
  • The name, address, telephone number, and Web address, if available, of the individual or organization you believe defrauded you.
  • Specific details on how, why, and when you believe you were defrauded.
  •  Any other relevant information you believe is necessary to support your complaint.
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CREDIT CARD FRAUD

Credit card fraud is the unauthorized use of a credit/debit card, or card number, to fraudulently obtain money or property.

  •  Ensure a site is secure and reputable before providing your credit card number online.
  •  Don’t trust a site just because it claims to be secure. If purchasing merchandise, ensure it is from a reputable source.
  •  Promptly reconcile credit card statements to avoid unauthorized charges.
  • Do your research to ensure legitimacy of the individual or company.
  •  Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited emails.
If you think you are a victim of a credit/debit care fraud. Contact the FBI  Internet Crime Complaint center

When Filing a Complaint with the IC3

The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant. We can best process your complaint if we receive accurate and complete information from you. Therefore, we request that you provide the following information

when filing a complaint: Please include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your telephone number
  • The name, address, telephone number, and Web address, if available, of the individual or organization you believe defrauded you.
  • Specific details on how, why, and when you believe you were defrauded.
  •  Any other relevant information you believe is necessary to support your complaint.