Been Scammed? What To Do Now
No matter how cautious you may be, sometimes you just fall victim to an internet scam. You may not even know you've been scammed until you receive your credit card balance and it's too high. By the time you start noticing that something is wrong, the damage has probably already been done. This can be a very frightening for anyone to deal with, and the question that everyone asks is "what can I do now?" There are a few things that you can do to remedy the situation if you've been scammed.Cancel Everything
Contact your credit card company and explain what has happened. Even if it appears that your credit card hasn't been touched, you should cancel it in anticipation that it will eventually incur unauthorized charges. Explain to your bank what has happened and allow them to arrange for protection of your credit line. You may even want to contact the social security administration so that you can be sure that no one is selling your social security number or using it fraudulently.Get Help
Getting help is often the best thing you can do if you wake up one morning to discover that you have been scammed. There are several groups of people you can contact that are trained in helping people get their finances back on track after being scammed, and these are the best people to turn to when things get really rough.
The first group you should contact is the National Fraud Information Center, available at www.fraud.org. This company reports fraud to the government. They not only keep a detailed record of fraud occurrences, they even try to help get the information out about who is causing crimes and what to watch out for. They also provide links on the site that help you discover who, in your specific state, you can contact for help.
Another site is Cybercops. This resource, found at www.cybercops.org, is a website where you can file any complaints you may have or any suspicious activity that you've witnessed. You can find tips from experts and while you may not be able to save yourself using this site, you can use it to make sure that no one else experiences what you've experienced by sharing your story with others.
The National Consumer's League is another place to turn to if you've been scammed. This site, available at www.naticonsumersleague.org, provides tips for helping people avoid fraud and may be able to help you file a complaint against the people who scammed you.
The Better Business Bureau is also a place that you can turn to in order to let others know what happened to you so that they can avoid it. Found online at www.bbb.org, the Better Business Bureau has been around for a very long time and is the best place to turn to if you've dealt with a business that has cheated you.
Being a victim of fraud is never ease; just remember to act as soon as you notice a problem and you should be able to help keep the situation under control.