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Re: [suse-security] Where to report SPAM, scams, viruses, etc... (when it is illegal)



On May 17, 2004, at 8:44 AM, J. Theriault wrote:

This is more a procedural question than a direct security but relevant none the less:

Where (for various countries) can you report spam, scams, dialers, viruses, or other computer crimes?

Lately, the spam I have been receiving has been more and more offensive and illegal in it's offerings (many obious bank fraud scams, pirated software, etc...) and when left with only an unlisted phone number or domain it can be difficult to know where to send the information to have the proper action taken, especially if it's a foreign country.



If you're in the U.S., you can report any spam to the FTC: http://www.ftc.gov/spam/ They can try to build cases against fraudsters and take action, but if it's from overseas, there isn't a whole lot they can do.

You can report such things to your state attorney general. Sometimes they also collect that information and build cases against the worst offenders. But again, when the email is coming from overseas, there isn't much they can do.

Good Luck,
Jeremy


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