Report a Scam: Don’t get mad get even

If you’ve been ripped off by a work at home scam, don’t get mad, get even and report it!

Where to report a scam:

  • Call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or log on to their website and leave a description of what happened. And read this.
  • If materials were sent to you via U.S. Mail, it’s a federal crime so notify the postal inspector.
  • Contact the Attorney General’s office in your state and the state where the company is located. They’ll be able to tell you whether you’re protected by any state law that may regulate work-at-home programs.
  • Contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center and FBI  National White Collar Crime Center initiative.
  • File a report with your local Better Business Bureau
  • Leave a description of what happened at
  • If you were ripped off by a lead you found on Google, Yahoo or MSN, report the scam to them. The offending website might be removed from the search engines, even before the Feds are involved, if you can show that they’re doing something illegal.
  • Consider a private class action suit. This is a long and potentially expensive process, but it could get better results than filing complaints with and reporting a scam to consumer protection agencies.
  • File a claim with the Small Claims Court in your area. This can be effective in cases of blatant misrepresentation. You do not need to hire a lawyer or go through a long and costly trial proceeding. Just state your case before the judge in your nearest Small Claims Court, and make a calm logical presentation with as much documentation as you can. You may be awarded up to $7,500 to recoup losses you can prove.

As you can see, it is to your benefit and the benefit of others if you report a scam rather than sit back and do nothing at all.