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where else?

Where else but the moose site to try to potentially help newbies on the internet keep from forking over their cash to scoundrels?  

(hint, no where else I can think up).

How many prizes do you ‘win’ daily from bogus schemes to rid us of our cash? But, what do we do? Erase? Forward to a bogus email, like

Someone in international law enforcement needs give us a real forwarding address so we can forward them to the police and perhaps make them switch addresses before they ‘catch’ some hapless dreamer!!! (!!! denotes outrage, sincere variety)

How about it, international law enforcement, where should we forward this stuff to?  I mean, of course, to where?  

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  1. Gmail works tirelessly in separating out Spam for me. It keeps me from even having to open up the dang things. Heck, it keeps me from even having to categorize them–ginormous peenor implant/formula, Muslim/Polish/Georgian/Russian/Thai/African brides, wonderful loan opportunities, how I can NOT be scammed, wonderful business opportunities, and Winks from Old High School Friends. If I had someplace to forward them, I feel like I’d only be passing the Interwebs buck along, and only clogging up someone else’s inbox and Spam filter.

    I suspect that Interpol has several bait accounts, as does the FBI and others, and work fair often to get their computers as filthy and bugged as possible to track down the particular offenders.

    You can certainly forward complaints to the FBI or the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection.

    In fact, you can forward Spam directly to the FTC to: if you want. Or spend things along to the National Fraud Information Center.

    There will be little “international” chasing of folks down–though there is information sharing among various trade commissions and departments across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. But there is no real international effort, since it’s not come under any sort of treaty–though that may change as interwebs commerce becomes more prevalent.

  2. that were supposedly from PayPal or certain banks. The bank ones were easy to recognize, because they were from banks I didn’t do business with, but the PayPal ones were different. I would always check the code and discover they were phony then send them on to or some such address. I haven’t had any of those in a long time. I’ve tightened up my spam filters on my mail server so that might explain the drop.

    I would love to see a central fraud dept to handle this type of email. I would forward all I received. The sooner the authorities know about them the quicker they can shut them down. If they know soon enough they might even be able to catch some of these a-holes. I say we lobby the government to setup a catchall address like or something similar and then put out public service ads for posting on web sites like ours. I’d vote to carry such an ad for free.

    Ad copy w/ appropriate graphic:

    “Help stamp out Internet fraud. Forward all fraudulent emails to

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