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Reporting Internet fraud

  1. Oct 14, 2006 #1
    Does it do any good to contact the webmaster (or another position - security?) of a provider (like Yahoo) to report incidences of fraud ("I have $2.5 million for you") using their network to communicate?
     
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  3. Oct 14, 2006 #2
    Have you tried?

    If that doesn't work you could report it to the FTC(or whatever investigates that)
     
  4. Oct 14, 2006 #3
    I would say do it! I hate frauds they need to learn that they can't steel others work.
     
  5. Oct 14, 2006 #4
    It's hopeless. There are many thousands of these frauds and swindlers, they are small and agile, while the agencies are overworked bureaucracies. There was a thread here about a fraud selling "cancer cures" to victims:

    https://www.physicsforums.com/archive/index.php/t-105086.html

    Eventually the FDA shut down their commercial operations (perhaps only because they appeared on FOX news). They still have their web domain:

    http://cancercure.org/

    It seems then, these crooks did not get the legnthy prison sentences they deserved. :frown:
     
  6. Oct 14, 2006 #5
    Just to put the problem in perspective:

    http://www.google.com/
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2006
  7. Oct 14, 2006 #6
    For comparison:

     
  8. Oct 14, 2006 #7
    And I thought the spam appeared because I was so popular.

    Rach3 on!
     
  9. Oct 14, 2006 #8

    Astronuc

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    Let's not forget "on-line diplomas" :rolleyes:

    Lawyer: Gov't workers got fake diplomas
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/ap_on_go_ot/diploma_mill (link may have time-limited viability)
    :yuck:
     
  10. Aug 24, 2008 #9

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    If I'm using a web email service, I usually use the "report junk mail" or "report spam" or whatever it's called by each service when I delete those types of emails. I don't know how far they investigate those reports, or if they just add them to their filter, but that's an easy start.

    If you get ones spoofing another provider as part of a phishing scam, such as the ones pretending to be a credit card company or eBay, reporting it directly to the fraud department of the company they are spoofing gets better results than going to the email provider (they'll ask you to copy complete header information...a lot of times the email address you see isn't really the origin of the spam anyway, but is also spoofed).
     
  11. Aug 24, 2008 #10
    Gmail also has an option to signal phishing.
     
  12. Aug 24, 2008 #11
    I got some emails from @purdue.edu so I forwarded those to their webmaster but never got any reply.
     
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