Fraud Scheme Information
ADVANCE FEE FRAUD AND/OR 419 CRIME
There are numerous scams currently being perpetuated against innocent individuals, primarily through the internet. These scams are known by different names, such as Advance Fee Fraud and 419 Crime, but all have the primary objective of defrauding people of their money.
Examples of the various forms of these schemes can be found on the following United States Government websites:
Federal Bureau of Investigation: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud
U.S. Secret Service: http://www.secretservice.gov/faq.shtml#faq13
U.S. Department of State: http://travel.state.gov/pdf/international_financial_scams_brochure.pdf
For more information on filing a criminal complaint in the U.S., please see this link: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
If you have been in communication with anyone you believe is associated with one of these schemes, and wish to report it to the Dutch authorities, please visit the Dutch fraud website:
http://www.fraudehelpdesk.nl/home This website is as yet in Dutch only but has lots of useful warnings and information and a form through which you can report an incident to the Dutch authorities.
The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C. also provides a standard which can be used to notify the Dutch Police. Please see http://www.netherlands-embassy.org.
Cyber Crime Help
To file a complaint on internet crimes such as identity theft, lottery
or credit card fraud, ponzi/pyramid schemes, etc., in the U.S., please
go to www.ic3.gov.