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I'm looking for a contact or website to turn in a person I believe is part of a huge scam. He's offering 5.5 million dollars :-) It might be money laundering.

  • Which authorities? What jurisdiction? Regardless, the answer would be to contact the appropriate authorities and tell them everything you know about the scam – yoozer8 Aug 11 at 14:23
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    At $5.5M, it's more likely to be an advance fee fraud, rather than money laundering. – Simon B Aug 11 at 21:18
  • Well, I don't think those princes/tycoons want you to launder their money for them. Go check out : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance-fee_scam – mootmoot Aug 12 at 14:55
  • What country and locality are you in? – Freiheit Aug 13 at 13:04
  • I am in Idaho, USA. I have filed a complaint with the FBI here. – Cindi Bethel-Carmona Aug 14 at 16:53
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If you suspect the scammer is operating across state lines, on the internet and/or internationally your best bet is likely to report it to the FBI.

FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center

Also, check out the FBI Scams and Safety page.

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The US government maintains a website meant as a portal for all topics related to scams. It has a listing of reporting mechanisms. It's a good resource, since you can read through the reporting section and decide which authorities you should report a specific scam to.

Separately from that, if the scammer has suggested or attempted using any specific company or entity as part of the scam, you should do your best to report the scam attempt to that entity. For instance, if they suggested you open an account at a specific bank or credit union, let that institution know of the attempt. Or, if they suggested you make payments via a specific payment network (i.e. PayPal), or they wrere using Craigslist or eBay or some other website as part of the scam, you should inform those entities. Many times, scams are designed based on what a scammer knows about loopholes or exploits in a specific bank or website; informing the entity they targeted of the scam attempt can help them close those loopholes and/or investigate the attempt as necessary. This can help shut that particular scam model down, which makes things safer for future victims.

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