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Web Stalkers
Chapter 7 -
Internet Scams

Web Resources Scam Victims

  • The Attorney General (AG) - The state’s AG will usually be interested in taking a report of criminal activity that is targeting residents of their state.  If there are enough reports, they may investigate and, if possible, pursue criminal charges against the perpetrators of the scam.

  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - The FTC accepts fraud complaints when users register them via the link marked “File a Complaint” from their main page at  Nearly 90% of reported online scams are related to web auctions and the FTC has created a special web site called “Consumer Sentinel” ( to address this growing problem.  Consumer Sentinel offers buying tips and guidelines but has little to offer in the way of investigation. 

  • IRS - To report suspected tax fraud to the IRS, call 800-829-0433 or address a letter to the Criminal Investigation Branch at the same address where taxes are filed. 

  • is a web site with the goal of educating people about the financial and tax fraud scams that surface on the Internet. 

  • and are also good sources to confirm or deny a possible scam story. 

Using the Wayback Machine

Scammers who use web sites to entrap their victims are often caught through the use of the “Wayback Machine.”  Since web scammers quickly create and destroy web pages, victims can use, also known as the “Wayback Machine” to view the content of web pages long after they have been deleted.  The Wayback Machine is the creation of the altruistic Internet billionaire Brewster Kahle, who has generously donated this wonderful forensic tool so that everyone can see the web at any time in the past. 

Named after the cartoon machine of the popular ”Peabody” cartoons of the 1950’s, the Wayback Machine is a great tool for gathering evidence of web scams. The Wayback Machine indexes everything on a web page, including images and chat room discussions.  As of 2004, the Wayback Machine had archived over 10 billion web pages dating back to 1996.  It has an amazing search function that permits searching of their massive historical database to find exactly what is needed:

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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