Internet Scams

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

If you believe you are a victim of an internet scam,

  • Do not send money. Unfortunately, any money that you might already have sent will probably not be recovered.
  • End all communication with the scammer immediately, rather than attempt resolution directly. If you feel threatened, contact your local police at once.  Do NOT attempt to personally recover the funds lost.  Contact the appropriate authorities to resolve the matter
  • Report the matter immediately to The Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership among the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BIA); and, if you are in the Spain, contact the nearest Spanish or regional police station.
  • If the scam originated through a particular website, notify the administrators of that website.

More information: International Financial Scams.