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FIB - Scams 101
Reporting internet fraud
Posted By: Mel. White In Response To: Darren Salkeld/MaxPro Scam (Ed McCabe)
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2009, at 8:07 p.m.(pst)
In Response To: Darren Salkeld/MaxPro Scam (Ed McCabe)
Document what you can with receipts, emails, etc. Then yes, contact the AG... but also file a complaint with the BBB (if he's a member) and with the FBI/Internet Crime Center.
You might also put up a review of your experience at ripoff report... this person did just that. It looks like he went from the $4,000 scam to a $500 one: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/427/ripoff0427753.htm
Here's another place to tell your story:
These things move fairly slowly, but doing a search for his name every once in awhile and reporting your experience on boards that deal with scams -- as well as mentioning where you've filed complaints against him (like with the FBI) will make sure that when folks search on his name, they find your story.
Be factual and polite.... don't ever stoop to calling him names. Just report the facts.
Amusingly enough, he'll probably start noticing you... and this may be the fastest way to get your money back -- shutting you up by contacting you and arranging for a refund.
Good luck to you! Sorry you got taken in.
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