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Where to File Complaints & Report Scams

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The question of “what can we do to stop these scams” often gets asked around here. Here’s a list of places where you can take action if you think that a company is scammed or defrauded you in any way. The more complaints you file the better as this helps the different agencies build cases against illegitimate companies and helps protect other consumers from falling for scams.

A special thank you goes out to Paul from WorkAtHomeTruth.com for compiling this information in a post titled How to file Consumer Complaints. Paul is an old friend of I’ve Tried That and one of the few people online actively fighting against scams.

Where to File a Complaint/Report a Scam

IMPORTANT! Do NOT file complaints just because you are “mad” at a company. However, if you feel a company has acted deceptively in your dealings with them or is engaging in unfair business practices then the following is the where and why of how to file complaints:

  1. The Better Business Bureau

    You should DEFINITELY file complaints with the Better Business Bureau.

    Why file complaints with the BBB:

    While I do have some issues with the BBB, they are a great resource when it comes to filing complaints against a company. A complaint can be a good avenue of getting in contact with a company or, at the very least, act as a warning for others.

    Not only that, but the FTC reviews complaints from the BBB on a regular basis as part of their gathering of extrinsic evidence on cases (essentially that means evidence outside their review of the actual sales materials and sales process).

    Click here to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.

  2. The Attorney General

    You should DEFINITELY file with your AGs Office and the AG of any state that the company is operating out of.

    Why file complaints with the AGs:

    Paul writes…

    One of my friends is an attorney that used to work for the Missouri Attorneys General’s office. Here’s what she told me:

    She said that typically ONE state AG will will investigate a company first and then file suit against them if they feel it is justified. After that OTHER AGs will sometimes also file against the company. And AFTER the AGS file, the FTC takes notice and considers filing against the company.

    Click here for a full list of Current Attorneys General’s Offices

  3. The Federal Trade Commission

    You should file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

    Why file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission

    The FTC doesn’t handle individual complaint cases, but they use complaints to gather evidence against a company should they decide to take action.

    Click here to file a complaint with the FTC

  4. IC3.gov – The Internet Crime Complaint Center

    You should file a complaint with IC3.gov (The Internet Crime Complaint Center)

    Why file complaints with IC3.gov

    IC3.gov is useful for law enforcement to determine if certain potential cases are related, even if they appear to be from different sectors.

    Click here to file a complaint at IC3.gov

  5. Your State’s Office of Consumer Protection

    It may be helpful to contact your State’s Office Of Consumer Protection

    Why contact your State’s Office Of Consumer Protection

    Some Consumer Protection Offices do facilitate dispute resolution. However, you should note that certain complaints may be within the jurisdiction of other local, state, or federal offices.

    Click here to find your State’s Office Of Consumer Protection

  6. Your District Attorney’s Office

    It may be helpful to contact your District Attorney’s (United States Attorney’s) Office

    Why contact your District Attorney’s Office

    The District Attorney prosecutes criminal matters and represents the U.S. Government in civil matters.

    Click here to find your District Attorney’s Contact Information

  7. The United States Postal Inspection Service

    If you believe you’re a victim of fraud related to the U.S. Mail, including mailed sweepstakes, lotteries, on-line auctions, work-at-home scams or chain letters, report your concern to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as mail fraud.

    Click here to file a complaint with the United States Postal Inspection Service

  8. Extra Resources:

    1. FTC Policy Statement On Deception – Although it’s old, FTC attorneys continually refer to this policy statement as an important statement of how the FTC judges whether or not a company has engaged in an act of deception.
    2. FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection – I encourage you to note this part: “Wants to hear from consumers who want to get information”. If you have a question or are unclear about anything you read on the FTC site, ASK them to clarify.
    3. Full Text of the Safe Web Act of 2006 – Enacted as a means to help law enforcement fight cross-border fraud.
    4. Scope and Limitations of Data Sharing within the Safe Web Act – from the Federal Register
    5. Help With My Bank – can be helpful if you are trying to recover your money as it shows you how to work with your credit card company or bank.
    6. Consumer Rights For credit and debit cards – easy to read summary explaining important differences between debit card disputes and credit card disputes.
    7. Debit Card facts – covers much of the previous, but also goes into how some companies hold as much as $50 – $75 more than what you actual owe for as long as several days thereby locking out your access to your own money.

    If you have any additional resources to add, please add a comment below.

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  1. Hello,

    Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, thus turning it into a mobile billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another.

    Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller cars with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody irrespective of the vehicle you drive.

    We are currently seeking to employ individuals in the United States of America. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped for HYPE Energy Drink®

    How it works?
    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: HYPE Energy Drink® seek residents in the United
    States who drives to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “HYPE Energy Drink®” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as
    “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s
    exterior surface.

    Don’t Have a Car?
    If you don’t have a car, you can also participate if you have a bike.

    What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy?
    Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you
    can participate is a month.

    What is the Contract Duration?
    Once the wrap has been installed, minimum term is 4 weeks and maximum is 12 weeks.

    Would the wrap/decal damage the paint of my car?
    The decal doesn’t damage the paint of car and will be removed by our representative once the contract expire. We will be responsible for installation and removal of the wrap.

    You will be compensated with $300.00 per week which is essentially a “rental”payment for letting our company use the space and no fee is required from you. HYPE Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $300.00 in form of a check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

    It is very easy and simple no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in this offer.

    Applicant information:
    Name :
    Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
    APT #:
    City,State,Zip Code:
    Cell Phone Number:
    Home Phone Number:
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Work Hours:
    Email:

    We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

    Best Regards,
    Frank Moses
    Hiring Manager,
    HYPE Energy Drink®

    Reply
  2. Dear Applicant,

    How are you this Morning, below is a breakdown of who we are and the service that we need you to carry out.

    We need reliable people who drive and use their vehicle daily, this is an advertising company and what we are trying to put out there is our brand Budlight Beer.

    The concept is to help us advertise the new brand as you drive your vehicle and get paid for doing that.

    We are located in Inglewood California , Illinois Chicago , Houston Texas, Ontario Canada , BC Canada , we also have agents in every state in North America to ease our job, below is a little break down of all you might want to know , if you need any other information please do not hesitate to ask.

    What is a car wrap anyway?

    A. A wrap is a large vinyl graphic or decal. It is applied directly over the original paint of the vehicle. The application of the wrap allows you to change the vehicles appearance in a very short period of time and in turn allows you to remove the wrap, returning the vehicle back to its original condition if necessary.

    What’s involved in a vehicle wrap?

    A. Vehicle wraps, including bus wraps and fleet wraps, are comprised of three phases. The first is the design phase which includes getting accurate measurements for the vehicle and actual design of the graphics to be applied. The second is the production phase where the graphic is printed and then laminated to protect the vinyl from abrasions and UV rays that can cause graphics to fade over time. The third phase is installation where the vinyl is actually applied to your vehicle. In some cases there may even be a fourth phase, the removal of graphics if requested.
    What’s the difference between a partial and full wrap?

    A. Anything less than a full wrap is normally called a “partial wrap”. A half partial wrap normally includes the entire rear of the vehicle and halfway up the vehicle, and includes a hood logo. A three-quarters partial wrap normally includes the entire rear of the vehicle and most of the way up the vehicle, and includes a hood logo. Typically, a full wrap includes the entire surface of the vehicle. -No roof, roof wrapping is additional.

    Will a vehicle wrap damage my paint?

    A. No. In most cases vehicle wraps will not damage factory paint jobs. Wraps do not stick to rust. If your vehicle has chipping paint a wrap may pull the chipping paint when removed.

    Do I have to wash my vehicle before installation?

    A. Yes. All vehicles have to be free of dust, mud, wax, oil, armor-all type products, and other agents that may prevent the vinyl from adhering to the vehicle surface during the installation process.

    How long will it take to wrap my vehicle?

    A. In general, we can wrap a van or car in one day.

    Can you wrap a leased vehicle?

    A. You must always obtain permission to wrap a leased or rented vehicle. However, in general, most leased or rented vehicles have factory paint jobs with excellent paint quality. Vinyl applied over factory paint is best because vinyl can be removed easier without damage or “paint peel.” Leased vehicles are often wrapped throughout the country without incident or damage.

    Can you easily remove vinyl graphics used for wraps?

    A. Yes.

    Can I see through vinyl on the windows?

    A. You can see through window graphics that are printed on perforated window film. Window pref vinyl is perforated with very small holes that allow you to see out. From inside the vehicle, visibility is similar to regular window tint. From the outside, the graphic is visible.

    What is my warranty?

    A. We will replace any panels that are defective at no charge. If you get into an accident etc. we can replace any panels, but you or your insurance company will have to pay for it. We cannot warranty wraps on small curved channels, wraps on plastic, silicone, rubber areas or on chrome as the material is not meant for these surfaces. We stand behind all of our work so if there are any issues we will give you our full attention.

    What does the company get out of this type of ads strategy, Lots of exposure and awareness? The auto wraps tend to be colorful and eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience, meaning people who are stuck in traffic and can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 6 months and the minimum period you can participate is 3 months.

    You will be compensated with $300 (Three hundred dollars per Week), which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting us use the space. Kirene shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. Your payment checks will be sent directly to the house address you will provide now amount to $300 (Three hundred dollars) for one week reward upfront for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other payments will also come in the same form and delivered at your house address monthly amount to $1200, We don’t do full body wrap but partial wrap.

    The following information below will be needed

    Full Name:
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Make of car/ year:
    Address:
    Apt #:
    City:
    State:
    Zip code:
    Phone Number mobile:
    Email Address:

    Kindly get back to us with your details; we shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

    Looks forward to working with you.

    Regards,
    Steven Ayden
    Hiring Manager
    Bud-light

    Reply
  3. Hello ,

    Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, thus turning it into a mobile billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller cars with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody irrespective of the vehicle you drive.

    We are currently seeking to employ individuals in the United States of America. How would you like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped for Monster Energy Drink®

    How it works?
    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: Monster Energy Drink® seek residents in the United States who drives to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for Monster Energy Drink®” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

    Don’t Have a Car?
    If you don’t have a car, you can also participate if you have a bike.

    What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy?
    Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colorful, eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can participate is a month.

    What is the Contract Duration?
    Once the wrap has been installed, minimum term is 4 weeks and maximum is 12 weeks.

    Would the wrap/decal damage the paint of my car?
    The decal doesn’t damage the paint of car and will be removed by our representative once the contract expire. We will be responsible for installation and removal of the wrap.

    You will be compensated with $400.00 per week which is essentially a “rental”payment for letting our company use the space and no fee is required from you. Monster Energy Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $400.00 in form of a check via courier service for accepting to carry this advert on your car.

    It is very easy and simple no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in this offer.

    Applicant information:
    Name :
    Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
    APT #:
    City,State,Zip Code:
    Cell Phone Number:
    Home Phone Number:
    Age:

    1) You will receive a Check as a form of payment from our sponsor. As soon as you get the check, you will cash it for the decal wrapping on your car and deduct $400.00 as your up-front payment. The rest of the funds from that same check should be transferred to the Graphic artist that will wrap the decal on your vehicle. All you need is to confirm the acceptance and understanding of this email.

    2) You will make a transfer of the remaining funds to the Graphic artist via wire transfer at an outlet in your area, the Info which you will make the transfer to will be emailed to you soon.

    3) We’ll like you to confirm Information about your vehicle as below:

    i) Type of Car and Color :

    ii) Model/Year :

    iii) Present Condition and the Mileage:

    Note: Please, confirm that you did receive this message so that we can process funds that would be sent to you for the car advert.

    All other instructions will be sent out to you asap.

    I…………….CONFIRM TO HAVE RECEIVED THIS EMAIL AND UNDERSTAND THE CONTENT.

    We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information that you have confirmed and understand this email and the content.

    Best Regards,
    David Spencer
    Hiring Manager,
    Monster Energy Drink®

    Reply
  4. I have got a check sent to my address regarding the redbull promo. I keeping hearing that it’s a scam before I cash the check I want to know is it real.

    Reply
  5. Keith Harris:

    Thanks for your prompt response, It is Very Easy and Simple with No Application fees required : Here’s how It works – The basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept Bud-light seeks people — regular citizens, not professional drivers — to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert for “Bud-light” plastered on your car.The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,” that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

    What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness.The auto wraps tend to be colorful and eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic and can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.
    You will be compensated with a $300(three hundred dollars per Week),which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space. Bud-light Beer shall provide Experts that would handle the advert placing on your car.You will receive an up front payment of $300 (three hundred dollars) inform of check for accepting to carry this advert on your car and other weekly payments will also come in the form of checks and delivered at your address weekly.

    The following information below will be needed
    Full Name:
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Make of car/ year:
    Address:
    city:
    State:
    Zip code:
    Do you have a driver’s license:
    Phone Number(s) mobile/home :
    Email Address:

    Reply
  6. Dianah Sparks says:

    Howard Norman

    7:45 PM (21 hours ago)

    Reply
    to me
    Hello,

    Wrap advertising is the marketing practice of completely or partially covering (wrapping) a vehicle in an advertisement or livery, thus turning it into a mobile

    billboard. This can be achieved by simply painting the vehicle surface, but it is becoming more common today to use large vinyl sheets as decals. These can be removed

    with relative ease, making it much less expensive to change from one advertisement to another. Vehicles with large, flat surfaces, such as buses and light-rail

    carriages, are fairly easy to work with, though smaller cars with curved surfaces can also be wrapped in this manner. Wrap advertising is available to anybody

    irrespective of the vehicle you drive.

    We are currently seeking to employ individuals living in USA. Who will like to make money by simply driving your car or banner wrapped for AMP Energy Drink®.

    How it works?
    Here’s the basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept: AMP Energy Drink® seeks people regular citizens, professional drivers to go about their normal routine as they

    usually do, only with a big advert for “AMP Energy Drink®” plastered on your car. The ads are typically vinyl decals, also known as “auto wraps,”that almost seem to be

    painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

    Don’t Have a Car?
    If you don’t have a car, you can also participate if you have a bike.

    What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy?
    Lots of exposure and awareness. The auto wraps tend to be colourful eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive

    audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them. This program will last for 3 months and the minimum you can

    participate is a month.

    What is the Contract Duration?
    Once the wrap has been installed, minimum term is 2 weeks and maximum is 12 weeks.

    Would the wrap/decal damage the paint of my car?
    The decal doesn’t damage the paint of car and will be removed by our representative once the contract expire. We will be responsible for installation and removal of

    the wrap.

    Does it cover the whole car?
    No, the decal it only install in the car trunk and doors.

    You will be compensated with $300.00 per week which is essentially a “rental”payment for letting our company use the space no fee is required from you. AMP Energy

    Drink® shall provide experts that would handle the advert placing on your car. You will receive an upfront payment of $300.00 inform of check via courier service for

    accepting to carry this advert on your car.

    It is very easy and simple no application fees required. Get back with the following details if you are interested in this offer.

    Applicant information:
    Name :
    Full Street Address(not PO BOX) :
    APT #:
    City,State,Zip Code:
    Cell Phone Number:
    Home Phone Number:
    Age:

    We shall be contacting you as soon as we receive this information.

    Best Regards,
    Howard Norman
    Hiring Manager
    AMP Energy Drink®

    Reply
  7. Hello I wonder if this company (Global Gas Card) for which I paid a membership of $ 170 is regulated in the United States and has no legal problem.

    Reply
  8. You can forward all of these emails to the FTC at the following address: spam@uce.gov. They are working hard to put a stop to these scammers. All the emails I have received of the sort have been forwarded to them and I have not received another from some companies.

    Reply
  9. Not Fallin 4 it says:

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    HERE IS THE CONTACT INFORMATION OF MONEY GRAM
    DIRECTOR GENERAL :Mr. Paddy Moris.
    EMAIL ADDRESS : ( moneygranoffice08@gmail.com )
    PHONE NUMBER :+229 98247789

    THEN CONTACT HIM WITH YOUR FULL INFORMATION.

    Receiver name :__________
    Country:_________________
    City:____________________
    Test question:___________
    Answer:__________________
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    CALL OR EMAIL HIM NOW SO THAT HE CAN PROVIDE THE MONEY GRAM INFORMATION TO YOU AS URGENT AS YOU CAN.

    THANKS AND GOD BLESS “U”
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    Reply
  10. If youve been a victim of a Moneygram scheme, immediately contact Western Union. If u contact them before the scammer picks up the money theres a chance u can get it back. I was not so lucky!

    Reply
  11. Run don’t walk away from http://www.fromhomedataentry.com…..such scammers….unfortunately I didn’t check them out until I gave them money and did the work. of course they present themselves as legit but they are not….you will not be paid. The scam is you wait 6 to 8 weeks to be paid after doing the work and they tell you sorry you did something wrong and of course no refunds…I found out this is the standard response when asked for a person asks for payment. Also the third party vendor is plimus which I have found to be very shady….skip this one unless you want to lose money….my own fault….I should have done the RESEARCH!

    Reply
  12. Lately been getting calls from out of state and door to door sales people from out of state trying to sell Home Security Alarms. Alot of them saying ‘if we can put a sign in your yard you could get the Home Security Alarm for FREE’. One of my friends was going to try it and was doing the paperwork , then almost to the end was being signed up to purchase a cell phone on top of the Alarm.
    The out of state calls uses the UNKNOWN-OUT OF AREA (CALLER ID) with the out of state area code number and never leave a message. A few people who have talked to a person say the first company they claim to be is Home Security Group a distributor for GE Home Security Alarms, then Maximum Security Alarms Systems Inc. or a few other Alarm companies call and try to set up the sales interview. It sounds like there is a headquarter company out of state that has affiliates in certain states that is making these TELEMARKETING calls to mostly cell phone numbers. The suspicious thing about these calls are they ask 1) Where do you live? 2) What kind of house do you live in? 3) Who am I talking to? since they called your phone shouldn’t they know who they’re calling and where? I NEVER talked or answered these UNIDENTIFIED-UNKNOWN (caller id) out of state calls, but web search the numbers and see several web sites with hundreds of complaint posts with information posted. Just a bunch of SHADY TELEMARKETING or Regular Businesses out there now a days so Be Careful and check out sites like I’ve Tried That.

    Reply
  13. Awesome, Steve

    I hope more people will follow your/our lead.

    Reply
  14. I join PTC sites to find out which ones are really paying, and which ones are simply scams. I found that a lot of them really are just scams. What bothers me the most is that these sites are still active and keeps attracting innocent victims. These guys earn money through their sites, while you keep reading till you reach your so called “Pay-Out” Amount, and when you do, simply nothing happens, they don’t even reply to your e-mails.
    Can you please start investigating these sites, and if possible by any means force these sites to close down. Thanks for keeping us updated as to who to trust and whom not.

    Regards
    Sonette

    Reply

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