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  1. #1 Jul 22, 2008
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 22, 2011
    If you've recently purchased a fake please read this thread. Within this thread you'll learn how to report a fake via the IC3 (Internet Complaint Crime Center) and how to obtain a written letter of authenticity to help prove your case with ebay/ paypal.

    ** If you would like to add any helpful info to this thread, please PM me! If you recently bought a fake bag and would like additional advice from our forum members, please start a new thread! Thank you~

    About Us

    The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a means to receive Internet related criminal complaints and to further research, develop, and refer the criminal complaints to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement and/or regulatory agencies for any investigation they deem to be appropriate. The IC3 was intended, and continues to emphasize, serving the broader law enforcement community to include federal, as well as state, local, and international agencies, which are combating Internet crime and, in many cases, participating in Cyber Crime Task Forces.
    Since its inception, the IC3 has received complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters, to include online fraud in its many forms including Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) matters, Computer Intrusions (hacking), Economic Espionage (Theft of Trade Secrets), Online Extortion, International Money Laundering, Identity Theft, and a growing list of Internet facilitated crimes. Since June 2000, it has become increasingly evident that, regardless of the label placed on a cyber crime matter, the potential for it to overlap with another referred matter is substantial. Therefore, the IC3, formerly known as the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (Internet Fraud Complaint Center), was renamed in October 2003 to better reflect the broad character of such matters having an Internet, or cyber, nexus referred to the IC3, and to minimize the need for one to distinguish "Internet Fraud" from other potentially overlapping cyber crimes.

    IC3 Mission Statement

    IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local, and international level, IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.
    Significant and supplemental to partnering with law enforcement and regulatory agencies, it will remain a priority objective of the IC3 to establish effective alliances with industry. Such alliances will enable the IC3 to leverage both intelligence and subject matter expert resources, pivotal in identifying and in crafting an aggressive, proactive approach to combating cyber crime.
  2. You can also file a complaint w/ the attorney general's office (in the State the counterfeit website ships from). Just do an internet search and most have online complaint forms.
  3. For obvious reasons, I thought we should have this information here. I have not gone beyond the first page of some of the links, but they all seemed useful to me one way or another. Feel free to add to it if you know of any other websites that could be helpful to victims of Internet and/or mail fraud. Thanks.






    STATE ATTORNEY'S GENERAL'S OFFICE: Most states have pretty good websites for reporting.


    Everyone: check out this site called "Advice for E`bay Users, For Buyers Who Have a Problem Getting Delivery of a Paid Item from a Seller"

    It has a bunch of links to report fraud and take legal action against the scammer, as well as additional information about your rights.

    Another good one: "Fraudguides: Interned Fraud and Web Scams"

    Short articles:

    "Dot Cons" by the US Federal Trade Commission

    "Operation Top 10 Dot Cons: Law Enforcers Target Top 10 Online Scams; Consumer Protection Cops from 9 Countries, 5 U.S. Agencies, and 23 States Tackle Internet Fraud"

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  4. #4 Oct 23, 2008
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2008
    This group fights criminal counterfeit activity at a global level.

    The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition or IACC
    Robert Barchiesi, 845-629-4220


    International Anti Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) Urges U.S. Appeals Court to Hold eBay Contributorily Liable for Continuing Rampant Internet Sales of Counterfeit Goods

    -- Blatant Counterfeit and Infringing Goods Continue to Be Offered for Sale on eBay-- --IACC Warns of Harm to Consumers and Businesses from Continuing Counterfeit Trade on eBay --

    For full article go to
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  5. Has anyone tried the FTC (Federal Trade Commission). Due to many consumer complaints in the past years, the FTC enforced a new regulation that targets false advertising and what advertisers can and can't do in their advertisements.
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