One of the problems with taking action after you have become a victim of a scam is the international nature of many scams that originate in far away countries. In an effort to reduce that problem, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the federal agency that helps protect consumers from scams, has joined with the consumer protection agencies of more than sixty other countries to form the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN). Through ICPEN, consumer protection authorities around the world will be able to readily share information as well as encourage cooperation among law enforcement agencies in the countries that make up ICPEN. Victims of international scams can also file complaints at ICPEN’s online complaint site.
For more information about ICPEN, you can go to its website at www.icpen.org and to file a complaint, you can go to its online lcomplaint site at www.econsumer.gov where complaints can be filed in eight languages.